Isabella Sori, Ammaestramenti e ricordi

Edited by Helena Sanson

Critical Texts 48

Modern Humanities Research Association

31 October 2018  •  264pp

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Alessandria, Italy, 1628: a young woman, Isabella Sori, publishes her only known work, consisting of three different texts, at a time when war and the plague are looming. Written in the form of letters by a mother to her daughter, her Ammaestramenti e ricordi is a treatise on the ideal conduct of women in everyday life which draws from an impressive array of sources and displays an unusual level of erudition for the author’s sex and age. Attacked for her literary enterprise by unidentified malicious detractors, Isabella Sori is forced to defend herself (and the female sex) against their criticisms: her Difese still preserves her unfiltered indignation. A Panegirico of Alessandria, a cross between an idealized portrait and a historical document of the city, concludes the work. Amid questions of authorship and attribution, Sori’s work, with its immediacy and liveliness offers precious insight into the life and customs of a long-lost era, as well as a poignant testimony of a local ‘battle of the pens’ waged by the author with pride and dignity. This rich edition, comprehensively annotated and providing a meticulous reconstruction of her wide-ranging sources, restores Sori’s rare writings to the public once more, after nearly four hundred years of oblivion.

Contents include: a historical introduction to the author, her times, and her work; a note on the text; the Italian text with notes; a glossary; an appendix; a bibliography; an index of names.

Helena Sanson is Reader in Italian Language, Literature and Culture at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Clare College.

Contents:

vii-viii
Acknowledgements
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ix-x
List of Figures
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1-70
Introduction: the Ammaestramenti E Ricordi, Difese, and Panegirico (1628) By Isabella Sori ‘Alessandrina’: A Lost Voice From Seventeenth-Century Italy
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71-78
NOTE ON THE TEXT
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79-141
1 Ammaestramenti e ricordi
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142-179
2 Difese
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180-209
3 Panegirico
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210-218
Glossary
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219-221
Appendix: Extract From Giovanni Battista Sori’s Curioso, Compendioso, Et Utilissimo Trattato Circa Il Reggimento, & Conservatione Della Sanità (1616)
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222-246
References
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247-254
Index of Names
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Bibliography entry:

Sanson, Helena (ed.), Isabella Sori, Ammaestramenti e ricordi, Critical Texts, 48 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2018)

First footnote reference: 35 Isabella Sori, Ammaestramenti e ricordi, ed. by Helena Sanson, Critical Texts, 48 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2018), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Sanson, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

Sanson, Helena (ed.). 2018. Isabella Sori, Ammaestramenti e ricordi, Critical Texts, 48 (Cambridge: MHRA)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Sanson 2018: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Sanson 2018: 21.

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