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Title The courtesan's arts : cross-cultural perspectives / edited by Martha Feldman and Bonnie Gordon
Published New York : Oxford University Press, 2006


Description 1 online resource (xxvii, 396 pages) : illustrations
Series ACLS Fellows' publications
ACLS Humanities E-Book
Contents Making a spectacle of her(self) : the Greek courtesan and the art of the present / James Davidson -- Cutting a good figure : the fashions of Venetian courtesans in the illustrated albums of early modern travelers / Margaret F. Rosenthal -- "Notes of flesh" and the courtesan's song in seventeenth-century China / Judith T. Zeitlin -- The courtesan's voice : Petrarchan lovers, pop philosophy, and oral traditions / Martha Feldman -- On hearing the courtesan in a gift of song : the Venetian case of Gaspara Stampa / Dawn De Rycke -- On locating the courtesan in Italian lyric : distance and the madrigal texts of Costanzo Festa / Justin Flosi -- On music fit for a courtesan : representations of the courtesan and her music in sixteenth-century Italy / Drew Edward Davies -- Royalty's courtesans and God's mortal wives : keepers of culture in precolonial India / Doris M. Srinivasan -- The courtesan's singing body as cultural capital in seventeenth-century Italy / Bonnie Gordon -- Defaming the courtesan : satire and invective in sixteenth-century Italy / Courtney Quaintance -- The masculine arts of the ancient Greek courtesan : male fantasy or female self-representation? / Christopher A. Faraone -- The city geisha and their role in modern Japan : anomaly or artistes? / Lesley Downer -- In the service of the nation : geisha and Kawabata Yasunari's Snow country / Miho Matsugu -- Going to the courtesans : transit to the pleasure district of Edo Japan / Timon Screech -- Who's afraid of Giulia Napolitana? : pleasure, fear, and imagining the arts of the Renaissance courtesan / Guido Ruggiero -- The twentieth-century "disappearance" of the gisaeng during the rise of Korea's modern sex-and-entertainment industry / Joshua D. Pilzer -- Female agency and patrilineal constraints : situating courtesans in twentieth-century India / Regula Burckhardt Qureshi -- Tawa'if, tourism, and tales : the problematics of twenty-first-century musical patronage for North India's courtesans / Amelia Maciszewski
Summary 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
Notes Some online versions lack accompanying media packaged with the printed version
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 369-380) and index
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Subject Courtesans -- History -- Cross-cultural studies
15.50 general world history; history of great parts of the world, peoples, civilizations: general.
PSYCHOLOGY -- Human Sexuality.
SELF-HELP -- Sexual Instruction.
Genre/Form Cross-cultural studies
Form Electronic book
Author Feldman, Martha, editor.
Gordon, Bonnie, 1968- editor.
LC no. 2005047340
ISBN 9780199775088