360 years later, a feminist nun gets her due

The University of Toronto is set to release the translated letters of Arcangela Tarabotti, a 17-century Venetian-born Benedictine nun turned feminist icon.

Think of Tarabotti as the Mary Wollstonecraft of her time. She wrote six books, including Paternal Tyranny and Convent Life as Inferno, all criticizing the Italian patriarchy.

She became a writer after she was forced into a convent when she was 11 years old — a custom among the Italian republic’s richer families — before dying of consumption in 1652 at the age of 48. The letters are scheduled to be released early next year.

Read the full story in the Toronto Star.


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