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Emblems of Eloquence: Opera and Women's Voices in Seventeenth-Century Venice

Wendy Heller


Opera developed during a time when the position of women—their rights and freedoms, their virtues and vices, and even the most basic substance of their sexuality—was constantly debated. Many of these controversies manifested themselves in the representation of the historical and mythological women whose voices were heard on the Venetian operatic stage. Drawing upon a complex web of early modern sources and ancient texts, this book is a study of women, gender, and sexuality in seventeenth-century opera. The author explores the operatic manifestations of female chastity, power, transvestitism, a ... More

Keywords: female chastity, female power, transvestitism, androgyny, female desire, female vocality, Ovid, Virgil, Tacitus, Diodorus Siculus

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780520209336
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520209336.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wendy Heller, author