Liaisons vénales et amours extra-conjugales à Venise au XVIe siècle : réalités sociales et représentations littéraires

Abstract : This dissertation aims to confront the two archetypes of the prostitute and the adulterous woman in the XVIth century Venetian society. Taking a multidisciplinary approach, this text examines literary works – well known and unpublished – and the legal sources of the Serenissima. Looking beyond binary oppositions between individual desires for freedom and the repressive control apparatus by the State, this study works to clarify the ways in which the sexual tensions come from the economical, political and social contradictions which governed gender relationships in the republic of Venice. It first analyzes sexual and sentimental norms of the early-modern society. It will then define the ways in which licit and illicit love overlap, especially during the key moment of seduction. This will allow us to elucidate the specificities of female adultery and prostitution as forms of extra-conjugal sexuality. It will then be possible to trace the history of prostitution's management by the Venetian government. The latter recognized thea legal status of venal love, from which the ruling class could benefit. But we will also show how antiputtanesca poetry reflects the concerns of that social class. Adultery may similarly be seen as a contradictory practice, violently condemned by the law but part of young men's socialization before their wedding. Finally, one important aspect of this research stands in the presentation of various unpublished antiputtaneschi poems, often anonymous: we will display their rich intertextuality.
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Fabien Coletti. Liaisons vénales et amours extra-conjugales à Venise au XVIe siècle : réalités sociales et représentations littéraires. Littératures. Université Toulouse le Mirail - Toulouse II, 2016. Français. ⟨NNT : 2016TOU20122⟩. ⟨tel-01813406⟩

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