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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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“Monsters of Talent”

“Monsters of Talent”

Fame and Reputation of Women Improvisers in Arcadia

(p.303) Twelve “Monsters of Talent”
Italy's Eighteenth Century

Paola Giuli

Stanford University Press

In the second half of the eighteenth century, women became most acclaimed and prominent improvisers in Italy. Women improvisers such as Maria Maddalena Morelli, Teresa Bandettini, and Fortunata Sulgher Fantastici were especially popular and successful. This chapter explores the social and aesthetic foundations that contributed to the emergence of improvising and the success of women improvisers in eighteenth-century Arcadia and Italy.

Keywords:   improvisers, Italy, Maria Maddalena Morelli, Teresa Bandettini, Fortunata Sulgher Fantastici, improvising, Arcadia

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