Paolina's Innocence Paperback

Child Abuse in Casanova's Venice

by Larry Wolff;

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Paolina's Innocence

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In the summer of 1785, in the city of Venice, a wealthy 60-year-old man was arrested and accused of a scandalous offense: having sexual relations with the 8-year-old daughter of an impoverished laundress. Although the sexual abuse of children was probably not uncommon in early modern Europe, it is largely undocumented, and the concept of "child abuse" did not yet exist. The case of Paolina Lozaro and Gaetano Franceschini came before Venice's unusual blasphemy tribunal, the Bestemmia, which heard testimony from an entire neighborhood--from the parish priest to the madam of the local brothel. "Paolina's Innocence" considers Franceschini's conduct in the context of the libertinism of Casanova and also employs other prominent contemporaries--Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Carlo Goldoni, Lorenzo Da Ponte, Cesare Beccaria, and the Marquis de Sade--as points of reference for understanding the case and broader issues of libertinism, sexual crime, childhood, and child abuse in the 18th century.

Paolina's Innocence by Larry Wolff was published by Stanford University Press in September 2012. The ISBN for Paolina's Innocence is 9780804762625.

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Details for Paolina's Innocence

Page last updated 27th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback / softback
PublisherStanford University Press (September 2012)
Number of Pages328
Thickness20 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4025991
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