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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, take pleasure in its salons and cafés, attend the opera, and enjoy their very own discovery of its previous. yet in addition they marveled on the humans they observed, either female and male. In an period within which castrati have been "rock stars," males served ladies as cicisbei, and dandified Englishmen turned macaroni, Italy was once looked as if it would be a spot the place males grew to become girls. the nice exposure surrounding lady poets, reporters, artists, anatomists, and scientists, and the seen roles for such ladies in salons, academies, and universities in lots of Italian towns additionally made viewers ponder whether ladies had develop into males. Such pictures, after all, have been stereotypes, yet they have been still grounded in a fact that used to be distinctive to the Italian peninsula. This quantity illuminates the social and cultural panorama of eighteenth-century Italy by means of exploring how questions of gender in song, artwork, literature, technology, and drugs formed perceptions of Italy within the age of the Grand Tour.

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