Redefining Beauty: Luisa Bergallii Gozzi

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Women’s History Month is almost over, and I don’t want to miss the opportunity to tell you about a little-known remarkable Venetian woman. Labeled a shrew, when really she was the one supporting a crumbling noble family, Luisa Bergalli Gozzi gathered poems by other women poets into an anthology, saving their work for posterity. When women were seldom educated, women writers were seldom published, and women were seldom recognized for their minds, Luisa made sure that over 250 Venetian poets would be remembered.

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Besides editing the anthology, Luisa was also a translator and playwright. I read in one source that she introduced into plays everyday objects like brooms, aprons, and such. Most sources attribute this innovation to Carlo Goldoni, but Luisa was writing her plays a couple decades before him. Hmm. I’ll leave that to scholars who specialize in theater history to sort out, but certainly Luisa Bergalli Gozzi should be included in this conversation.

Here are some views of the Palazzo Gozzi in Campo Santa Maria Mater Domini.

Thanks to my friend Laura for filming on this day. Lots of children’s chatter in the background. What do you think: charming or annoying?

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2 Responses to Redefining Beauty: Luisa Bergallii Gozzi

  1. Nancy Schwalen says:

    As always, fun to read and watch (and I live children’s voices, most of the time anyway).

  2. Interesting stuff. I’ve never heard of her but I always feel it’s good to somehow commemorate people who did groundbreaking stuff and got forgotten. Interesting how she was doing stuff Goldoni is credited with before he was. The perils of being a talented woman in a world that favoured men I guess. Hopefully some renegade PhD student will at some point explore her life and make the world see she was a trailblazer.

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