The Courtesan s Lover

The Courtesan s Lover

Francesca Felizzi, former mistress of the Duke of Ferrara, is now an aspiring courtesan.

Author: Gabrielle Kimm

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780748119332

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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Francesca Felizzi, former mistress of the Duke of Ferrara, is now an aspiring courtesan. Astonishingly beautiful and ambitious, she revels in the power she wields over men. But when she is visited by an inexperienced young man, it becomes horribly clear to Francesca that despite her many admiring patrons, she has never truly been loved. Suddenly, her glittering and sumptuous life becomes a gaudy façade. And then another unexpected encounter brings with it devastating implications that plunge Francesca and her two young daughters into the sort of danger she has dreaded ever since she began to work the streets all those years ago.
Categories: Fiction

The Book of the Courtesans

The Book of the Courtesans

One senses her lover has surprised her at her toilette, though he is not present in
the mirror either. What is reflected back is simply a fragment of light, implying
vision itself and the capacity for perception. To be seen by another, especially a ...

Author: Susan Griffin

Publisher: Broadway Books

ISBN: 9780767910828

Category: History

Page: 288

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From Pulitzer-Prize-nominated author Susan Griffin comes an unprecedented, provocative look at the dazzling world of the West’s first independent women, whose lively liaisons brought them unspoken influence, wealth, and freedom. While they charmed some of Europe’s most illustrious men honing their social skills as well as their sexual ones, the great courtesans gained riches, power, education, and sexual freedom in a time when other women were denied all of these. From Imperia of sixteenth-century Rome, who personified the Renaissance ideal of beauty; Mme. de Pompadour, the arbiter of all things fashionable in eighteenth-century Paris and Versailles; Liane de Pougy, known in France during the Belle Epoque as “Our National Courtesan”; to Sarah Bernhardt, who, following in her mother’s footsteps, supported herself in her early career with a second profession, The Book of the Courtesans tells the life stories and intricacies of the lavish lifestyles of these women. Unlike their geisha counterparts, courtesans neither lived in brothels nor bent their wills to suit their suitors. They were strong- willed, autonomous, and plucky. An open secret, their presence can be felt throughout our culture. The muses who enflamed the hearts and imaginations of our most celebrated artists, they were also artists in their own right. They wrote poetry and novels, invented the cancan at the Moulin Rouge, and presented celebrated acts at the Folies Bergères. They helped to influence and shape the sensibility of modern literature, painting, and fashion. When Greek sculptor Praxiteles wanted to depict Venus he used a famous courtesan as a model, as in later centuries Titian, Veronese, Raphael, Giorgione, and Boucher did when they painted goddesses. When Marcel Proust was a young man it was the courtesan Laure Hayman who took him under her wing, introducing him to the right people, and providing inspiration for one of literature’s greatest masterpieces. And they often had considerable political influence too. When King Louis XV needed advice on foreign affairs or appointments of state he turned to Jeanne du Barry as well as Pompadour. In her witty and insightful prose, as Griffin celebrates these alluring and fascinating women, she restores a lost legacy of women’s history. She gives us the stories of these amazing women who, starting from impoverished or unimpressive beginnings, garnered chateaux, fine coaches, fabulous collections of jewelry, and even aristocratic titles along the way. And through a brilliant exploration of their extraordinary abilities, skills, and talents which Griffin playfully categorizes as their virtues "Timing, Beauty, Cheek, Brilliance, Gaiety, Grace, and Charm" her book explains how, while helping themselves, through their often outrageous, always entertaining examples, the great courtesans not only enriched our cultural heritage but helped to liberate women from the social, sexual, and economic strictures that confined them. Intensively researched and beautifully crafted, The Book of the Courtesans delves into scintillating but often hidden worlds, telling stories gleaned from many sources, including courtesans’ memoirs, presented along with stunning rare photographs to create memorable portraits of some of the most pivotal figures in women’s history.
Categories: History

The Courtesan s Arts

The Courtesan s Arts

In Pietro Aretino's fictitious Dialogo set in sixteenth-century Rome, Nanna, a
veteran courtesan, cautions her young daughter regarding the inherent dangers
in taking a literary man as a lover: "If there is a scholar present, approach him
with a ...

Author: Martha Feldman

Publisher: OUP USA

ISBN: 0195170296

Category: History

Page: 396

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Courtesans, hetaeras, tawaif-s, ji-s--these women have exchanged artistic graces, elevated conversation, and sexual favors with male patrons throughout history and around the world. In Ming dynasty China and early modern Italy, exchange was made through poetry, speech, and music; in pre-colonial India through magic, music, chemistry, and other arts. Yet like the art of courtesanry itself, those arts have often thrived outside present-day canons and modes of transmission, and have mostly vanished without trace.The Courtesan's Arts delves into this hidden legacy, while touching on its equivocal relationship to geisha. At once interdisciplinary, empirical, and theoretical, the book is the first to ask how arts have figured in the survival or demise of courtesan cultures by juxtaposing research from different fields. Among cases studied by writers on classics, ethnomusicology, anthropology, and various histories of art, music, literature, and political culture are Ming dynasty China, twentieth-century Korea, Edo and modern Japan, ancient Greece, early modern Italy, and India, past and present. Refusing a universal model, the authors nevertheless share a perception that courtesans hover in the crevices of space, time, and practice--between gifts and money, courts and cities, subtlety and flamboyance, feminine allure and masculine power, as wifely surrogates but keepers of culture. What most binds them to their arts in our post-industrialized world of global services and commodities, they find, is courtesans' fragility, as their cultures, once vital to civilizations founded in leisure and pleasure, are now largely forgotten, transforming courtesans into national icons or historical curiosities, or reducing them to prostitution.
Categories: History

The Honest Courtesan

The Honest Courtesan

Fir/e THE COURTESAN IN EXILE: AN ELEGIAC FUTURE The lover is oft aware
of his own ruin yet clings to it, pursuing that which sustains his own fault. I also
find pleasure in my books though they have injured me, and I love the very
weapon ...

Author: Margaret F. Rosenthal

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226027494

Category: Social Science

Page: 408

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The Venetian courtesan has long captured the imagination as a female symbol of sexual license, elegance, beauty, and unruliness. What then to make of the cortigiana onesta—the honest courtesan who recast virtue as intellectual integrity and offered wit and refinement in return for patronage and a place in public life? Veronica Franco (1546-1591) was such a woman, a writer and citizen of Venice, whose published poems and familiar letters offer rich testimony to the complexity of the honest courtesan's position. Margaret F. Rosenthal draws a compelling portrait of Veronica Franco in her cultural social, and economic world. Rosenthal reveals in Franco's writing a passionate support of defenseless women, strong convictions about inequality, and, in the eroticized language of her epistolary verses, the seductive political nature of all poetic contests. It is Veronica Franco's insight into the power conflicts between men and women—and her awareness of the threat she posed to her male contemporaries—that makes her literary works and her dealings with Venetian intellectuals so pertinent today. Combining the resources of biography, history, literary theory, and cultural criticism, this sophisticated interdisciplinary work presents an eloquent and often moving account of one woman's life as an act of self-creation and as a complex response to social forces and cultural conditions. "A book . . . pleasurably redolent of Venice in the 16th-century. Rosenthal gives a vivid sense of a world of salons and coteries, of intricate networks of family and patronage, and of literary exchanges both intellectual and erotic."—Helen Hackett, Times Higher Education Supplement The Honest Courtesan is the basis for the film Dangerous Beauty (1998) directed by Marshall Herskovitz. (The film was re-titled The Honest Courtesan for release in the UK and Europe in 1999.)
Categories: Social Science

The World of Courtesans

The World of Courtesans

If a man had been discarded by the second courtesan and he promised to pay
the first one extra money in advance then he was accepted by her . She even
accepted all over again a lover who , while consorting with another , continued
his ...

Author: Moti Chandra

Publisher: Delhi : Vikas Publishing House

ISBN: UOM:39015060067801

Category: Courtesans

Page: 245

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On the institution of the courtesan and its role in ancient and medieval Indian society.
Categories: Courtesans

The Lover and Selected Papers from The Englishman Town Talk The Reader The Spinster

The Lover and Selected Papers from  The Englishman    Town Talk    The Reader    The Spinster

... it did not a little divert me to find that they were left out for fear of offending two
parties , which make a great part of the audience in the struggle of two houses , to
wit , the courtesans and the gamesters . Sir Friendly Moral , in the fifth act ...

Author: Sir Richard Steele

Publisher:

ISBN: UIUC:30112084370219

Category:

Page: 387

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His Last Duchess

His Last Duchess

Originally inspired by a Robert Browning poem, His Last Duchess gorgeously brings to life the passions and people of sixteenth-century Tuscany and Ferrara. It is a story you are unlikely to forget for a long time.

Author: Gabrielle Kimm

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780748116959

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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When sixteen-year-old Lucrezia de' Medici marries the fifth Duke of Ferrara, Alfonso d'Este, she imagines life with her handsome husband will be idyllic. But little does she know that he is a very complicated man. The marriage is fraught with difficulties from the start, and, as time passes, Lucrezia becomes increasingly alienated. For Alfonso, the pressure mounts as the Vatican threatens to reclaim his title should the couple remain unable to produce an heir. Only his lover Francesca seems able to tame his increasing fury. But Alfonso's growing resentment towards his duchess soon becomes unbearable, and he begins to plot an unthinkable way to escape his problems. Originally inspired by a Robert Browning poem, His Last Duchess gorgeously brings to life the passions and people of sixteenth-century Tuscany and Ferrara. It is a story you are unlikely to forget for a long time.
Categories: Fiction

Lives of the Courtesans

Lives of the Courtesans

COURTESAN. DEFENDS. HERSELF . LETTERS FROM A LOVER TO
COURTESANS Can you imagine ,. will fall apart ; at least it will see its fondest
images reversed . Angela survives the attack , but her future is in question , for
one of the ...

Author: Lynne Lawner

Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications

ISBN: UOM:39015048315546

Category: Courtesans

Page: 215

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Describes the lifestyles of 16th century courtesans and analyzes the treatment of courtesans in art and literature
Categories: Courtesans

Sources of Vietnamese Tradition

Sources of Vietnamese Tradition

Courtesan Sit with me a little while longer Why hurry, dear, the moon is so bright
Full moon tonight, the sky a banquet of ... of passing fun The lover now thinks of
other horizons The courtesan's voice breaks into tears Unhook the twining arms,
 ...

Author: George Dutton

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231511100

Category: History

Page: 664

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Sources of Vietnamese Tradition provides an essential guide to two thousand years of Vietnamese history and a comprehensive overview of the society and state of Vietnam. Strategic selections illuminate key figures, issues, and events while building a thematic portrait of the country's developing territory, politics, culture, and relations with neighbors. The volume showcases Vietnam's remarkable independence in the face of Chinese and other external pressures and respects the complexity of the Vietnamese experience both past and present. The anthology begins with selections that cover more than a millennium of Chinese dominance over Vietnam (111 B.C.E.–939 C.E.) and follows with texts that illuminate four centuries of independence ensured by the Ly, Tran, and Ho dynasties (1009–1407). The earlier cultivation of Buddhism and Southeast Asian political practices by the monarchy gave way to two centuries of Confucian influence and bureaucratic governance (1407–1600), based on Chinese models, and three centuries of political competition between the north and the south, resolving in the latter's favor (1600–1885). Concluding with the colonial era and the modern age, the volume recounts the ravages of war and the creation of a united, independent Vietnam in 1975. Each chapter features readings that reveal the views, customs, outside influences on, and religious and philosophical beliefs of a rapidly changing people and culture. Descriptions of land, society, economy, and governance underscore the role of the past in the formation of contemporary Vietnam and its relationships with neighboring countries and the West.
Categories: History

The Crisis of Islamic Masculinities

The Crisis of Islamic Masculinities

Ghālib, something of a hedonist, was able to find more inner spirituality in the
taverns and the courtyard of his courtesan. On one occasion Ghālib consoled his
friend Mihr, whose courtesan lover Chunna Jaan had just died: I felt extremely ...

Author: Amanullah De Sondy

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781780937441

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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Rigid notions of masculinity are causing crisis in the global Islamic community. These are articulated from the Qur'an, its commentary, historical precedents and societal, religious and familial obligations. Some Muslims who don't agree with narrow constructs of manliness feel forced to consider themselves secular and therefore outside the religious community. In order to evaluate whether there really is only one valid, ideal Islamic masculinity, The Crisis of Islamic Masculinities explores key figures of the Qur'an and Indian-Pakistani Islamic history, and exposes the precariousness of tight constraints on Islamic manhood. By examining Qur'anic arguments and the strict social responsibilities advocated along with narrow Islamic masculinities, Amanullah De Sondy shows that God and women (to whom Muslim men relate but are different from) often act as foils for the construction of masculinity. He argues the constrainers of masculinity have used God and women to think with and to dominate through and that rigid gender roles are the product of a misguided enterprise: the highly personal relationship between humans and God does not lend itself to the organization of society, because that relationship cannot be typified and replicated. Discussions and debates surrounding Islamic masculinities are quickly finding their place in the study of Islam and Muslims, and The Crisis of Islamic Masculinities makes a vital contribution to this emerging field.
Categories: Religion

An Edo Anthology

An Edo Anthology

Exterminate vanity, expunge popularity, and the courtesan will turn back to
honesty. Let her secret lover into the house, stop trying to seduce her, and the
courtesan will tell no lies. When the man of means loses his finesse he falls into
good ...

Author: Sumie Jones

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 9780824837761

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 532

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During the eighteenth century, Edo (today’s Tokyo) became the world’s largest city, quickly surpassing London and Paris. Its rapidly expanding population and flourishing economy encouraged the development of a thriving popular culture. Innovative and ambitious young authors and artists soon began to look beyond the established categories of poetry, drama, and prose, banding together to invent completely new literary forms that focused on the fun and charm of Edo. Their writings were sometimes witty, wild, and bawdy, and other times sensitive, wise, and polished. Now some of these high spirited works, celebrating the rapid changes, extraordinary events, and scandalous news of the day, have been collected in an accessible volume highlighting the city life of Edo. Edo’s urban consumers demanded visual presentations and performances in all genres. Novelties such as books with text and art on the same page were highly sought after, as were kabuki plays and the polychrome prints that often shared the same themes, characters, and even jokes. Popular interest in sex and entertainment focused attention on the theatre district and “pleasure quarters,” which became the chief backdrops for the literature and arts of the period. Gesaku, or “playful writing,” invented in the mid-eighteenth century, satirized the government and samurai behavior while parodying the classics. These entertaining new styles bred genres that appealed to the masses. Among the bestsellers were lengthy serialized heroic epics, revenge dramas, ghost and monster stories, romantic melodramas, and comedies that featured common folk. An Edo Anthology offers distinctive and engaging examples of this broad range of genres and media. It includes both well-known masterpieces and unusual examples from the city’s counterculture, some popular with intellectuals, others with wider appeal. Some of the translations presented here are the first available in English and many are based on first editions. In bringing together these important and expertly translated Edo texts in a single volume, this collection will be warmly welcomed by students and interested readers of Japanese literature and popular culture.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Prostitutes and Courtesans in the Ancient World

Prostitutes and Courtesans in the Ancient World

These essays reflect the variety and vitality of the debates engendered by the last three decades of research by confronting the ambiguous terms for prostitution in ancient languages, the difficulty of distinguishing the prostitute from the ...

Author: Christopher A. Faraone

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 0299213137

Category: History

Page: 376

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Prostitutes and Courtesans in the Ancient World explores the implications of sex-for-pay across a broad span of time, from ancient Mesopotamia to the early Christian period. In ancient times, although they were socially marginal, prostitutes connected with almost every aspect of daily life. They sat in brothels and walked the streets; they paid taxes and set up dedications in religious sanctuaries; they appeared as characters—sometimes admirable, sometimes despicable—on the comic stage and in the law courts; they lived lavishly, consorting with famous poets and politicians; and they participated in otherwise all-male banquets and drinking parties, where they aroused jealousy among their anxious lovers. The chapters in this volume examine a wide variety of genres and sources, from legal and religious tracts to the genres of lyric poetry, love elegy, and comic drama to the graffiti scrawled on the walls of ancient Pompeii. These essays reflect the variety and vitality of the debates engendered by the last three decades of research by confronting the ambiguous terms for prostitution in ancient languages, the difficulty of distinguishing the prostitute from the woman who is merely promiscuous or adulterous, the question of whether sacred or temple prostitution actually existed in the ancient Near East and Greece, and the political and social implications of literary representations of prostitutes and courtesans.
Categories: History

The Deipnosophists Or Banquet of the Learned

The Deipnosophists  Or  Banquet of the Learned

And towards the end of his life , as Hegesander says , he was a lover of the
courtesan Archippa , and he left her the heiress of all his property ; but as
Archippa cohabited with Sophocles , though he was very old , Smicrines , her
former lover ...

Author: Athenaeus (of Naucratis.)

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015093181116

Category: Cooking

Page: 1252

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Categories: Cooking

The Deipnosophists Or Banquet of the Learned of Athen us Literally Translated by C D Yonge With an Appendix of Poetical Fragments Rendered Into English Verse Etc

The Deipnosophists  Or Banquet of the Learned of Athen  us  Literally Translated by C  D  Yonge  With an Appendix of Poetical Fragments  Rendered Into English Verse  Etc

And towards the end of his life , as Hegesander says , he was a lover of the
courtesan Archippa , and he left her the heiress of all his property ; but as
Archippa cohabited with Sophocles , though he was very old , Smicrines , her
former lover ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: BL:A0024401200

Category:

Page: 1352

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The Deipnosophists Or Banquet of the Learned of Athenaeus

The Deipnosophists Or Banquet of the Learned of Athenaeus

And towards the end of his life , as Hegesander says , he was a lover of the
courtesan Archippa , and he left her the heiress of all his property ; but as
Archippa cohabited with Sophocles , though he was very old , Smicrines , her
former lover ...

Author: Athenaeus

Publisher:

ISBN: BSB:BSB10435711

Category:

Page: 435

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Cinema and Painting

Cinema and Painting

Among the courtesans of the pleasure quarters of Edo and Osaka , tattoos were
love pledges wherein the name of the courtesan ' s lover would appear on her
upper arm or inner thigh . A print by Utamaro shows just such a situation ,
although ...

Author: Angela Dalle Vacche

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 0292715838

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 303

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The visual image is the common denominator of cinema and painting, and indeed many filmmakers have used the imagery of paintings to shape or enrich the meaning of their films. In this discerning new approach to cinema studies, Angela Dalle Vacche discusses how the use of pictorial sources in film enables eight filmmakers to comment on the interplay between the arts, on the dialectic of word and image, on the relationship between artistic creativity and sexual difference, and on the tension between tradition and modernity. Specifically, Dalle Vacche explores Jean-Luc Godard's iconophobia (Pierrot Le Fou) and Andrei Tarkovsky's iconophilia (Andrei Rubleov), Kenji Mizoguchi's split allegiances between East and West (Five Women around Utamaro), Michelangelo Antonioni's melodramatic sensibility (Red Desert), Eric Rohmer's project to convey interiority through images (The Marquise of O), F. W. Murnau's debt to Romantic landscape painting (Nosferatu), Vincente Minnelli's affinities with American Abstract Expressionism (An American in Paris), and Alain Cavalier's use of still life and the close-up to explore the realms of mysticism and femininity (Thérèse). While addressing issues of influence and intentionality, Dalle Vacche concludes that intertextuality is central to an appreciation of the dialogical nature of the filmic medium, which, in appropriating or rejecting art history, defines itself in relation to national traditions and broadly shared visual cultures.
Categories: Performing Arts

Playing a Dangerous Game

Playing a Dangerous Game

Gabrielle Kimm. The Courtesan's Lover Gabrielle Kimm Sphere Prologue
Modena – June 1582 The last of the candles.

Author: Gabrielle Kimm

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780751555035

Category: Fiction

Page: 32

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Italy, 1582. When young seamstress Sofia Genotti delivers a mended dress to a beautiful widow in Modena, she has no idea she's about to become entangled in a dangerous game. Discovering that the distraught widow is being forcibly kept from the man she loves by a gold-digger intent on helping himself to her inherited fortune, Sofia hatches a dangerous plan . . . Contains the opening chapters from Gabrielle's brand-new novel, The Girl with the Painted Face.
Categories: Fiction

Vasudevahi a Cultural Study

Vasudevahi          a Cultural Study

Author: Aravinda Prabhakar Jamkhedkar

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015048882966

Category:

Page: 280

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Study of Vasudevahinḍị̄, classical Prakrit fiction, by Saṅghadāsaganị.
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Stillness in Motion in the Seventeenth Century Theatre

Stillness in Motion in the Seventeenth Century Theatre

If Fillamour discovers Marcella, he will undo the 'feignedness' of the courtesans,
and, by doing so, return two young women of quality home. A lover's fidelity might
abruptly end the roaming, cutting through the need for disguise and intrigue.

Author: P.A. Skantze

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134447268

Category: History

Page: 224

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Stillness in Motion in the Seventeenth Century Theatre provides a comprehensive examination of this aesthetic theory. The author investigates this aesthetic history as a form of artistic creation, philosophical investigation, a way of representing and manipulating ideas about gender and a way of acknowledging, reinforcing and making a critique of social values for the still and moving, the permanent and elapsing. The book's analysis covers the entire seventeenth-century with chapters on the work of Ben Jonson, John Milton, the pamphletheatre, Aphra Behn, John Vanbrugh and Jeremy Collier and will be of interest to scholars in the areas of literary and performance studies.
Categories: History

A Dictionary sanskrit and English

A Dictionary  sanskrit and English

... the courtesan will make a display of gay apparel , her ankleornaments will
merrily tinkle and her face smile with joy ; if a servant girl goes to meet her lover ,
her speech will stammer with delight , her eyes stare wide open with flurry , and
her ...

Author: Theodor Goldstücker

Publisher:

ISBN: BDM:13020100000853

Category: Sanskrit language

Page: 480

View: 160

Categories: Sanskrit language