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Italy's Eighteenth CenturyGender and Culture in the Age of the Grand Tour$
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Paula Findlen, Wendy Wassyng Roworth, and Catherine M. Sama

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804759045

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804759045.001.0001

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Anatomy of a Lesbian

Anatomy of a Lesbian

Medicine, Pornography, and Culture in Eighteenth-Century Italy

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(p.216) Nine Anatomy of a Lesbian
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Italy's Eighteenth Century
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Paula Findlen

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804759045.003.0010

Giovanni Bianchi was an Italian anatomy professor who wrote Brief History of the Life of Caterina Vizzani, a Roman (1744), which tells the life story of Caterina Vizzani, the runaway daughter of a Roman carpenter's daughter who dressed as a man for eight years. This chapter examines the responses of prominent women who read the Brief History in light of their understanding of the female sexual behavior, and also explores how lesbianism and sexual relations between women were understood and explained in the eighteenth-century Italy.

Keywords:   Giovanni Bianchi, Caterina Vizzani, Brief History, sexual behavior, lesbianism, sexual relations

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