“She Who Does Not Speak Does Not Sin”: The Failed Attempt at Silencing Female Voices in 16th Century Italy – A Talk by Dr. Alyssa Falcone

Image: Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, “Martha and Mary Magdalene,” c. 1598, oil and tempera on canvas, Detroit Institute of Arts, Gift of the Kresge Foundation and Mrs. Edsel B. Ford.

March 12, 6 PM via Zoom

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In this talk, Dr. Alyssa Falcone will present works of literature written in the 16th Century that sought to erase and suppress the presence of women in famous Italian texts, such as Giovanni Boccaccio’s Decameron, for religious purposes. She will examine the reasons why these authors failed at this ambitious enterprise and how the phenomenon can be taught in conjunction with issues of gender and sexuality in today’s world.