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Il buon nome delle donne. Matrimonio, professione e reputazione nella Roma dell’Ottocento

Author(s): Ginevra Diletta Tonini Masella

Journal: Storia delle Donne
ISSN 1826-7513

Volume: 7;
Issue: 1;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: linguaggio | reputazione | donne sole | modelle | prostitute | language | reputation | unmarried women | models | prostitutes

This work is based on the trial documents of the Vicar and the Governor Courts (XVIII-XIX centuries). It is focused on the leading role of reputation in the lives of unmarried and atypical working women during the First Roman Republic (1798-1799). Referring to the recent studies on marriage, the attention is focused on both language and nomenclature used in trial documents to describe women. Moreover, it is underlined the importance of a bad reputation on the Criminal Court’s judgement in actions for seduction of unmarried women. Models earned by showing their naked bodies: a particular attention is reserved then to the role of their job as well as their marital status in both construction and judgement of their reputation.
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