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By Paula Findlen,Wendy Wassyng Roworth,Catherine M. Sama

within the age of the Grand journey, foreigners flocked to Italy to gawk at its ruins and work, get pleasure from its salons and cafés, attend the opera, and luxuriate in their very own discovery of its previous. yet in addition they marveled on the humans they observed, either female and male. In an period during which castrati have been "rock stars," males served girls as cicisbei, and dandified Englishmen grew to become macaroni, Italy used to be appeared to be a spot the place males turned ladies. the nice exposure surrounding girl poets, newshounds, artists, anatomists, and scientists, and the seen roles for such girls in salons, academies, and universities in lots of Italian towns additionally made viewers ponder whether ladies had turn into males. Such pictures, after all, have been stereotypes, yet they have been still grounded in a truth that used to be detailed to the Italian peninsula. This quantity illuminates the social and cultural panorama of eighteenth-century Italy by way of exploring how questions of gender in tune, artwork, literature, technological know-how, and drugs formed perceptions of Italy within the age of the Grand Tour.

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