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dc.contributor.advisorRadasanu, Andrea, 1973-en_US
dc.contributor.authorMorren, Alyssaen_US
dc.date.accessioned2019-11-26T20:19:34Z
dc.date.available2019-11-26T20:19:34Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.identifier.urihttps://commons.lib.niu.edu/handle/10843/21090
dc.descriptionAdvisors: Andrea Radasanu.en_US
dc.descriptionCommittee members: S. Adam Seagrave; Matthew J. Streb.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis thesis explores the linkages between effeminacy and women in Machiavelli's Discourses on Livy and Mandragola. In the Discourses, Machiavelli creates a masculine ideal without sufficiently articulating the prerequisites necessary to fulfill that ideal. However, he does not hesitate to deem things that do not meet those standards as effeminate. Effeminacy is a trait that can be ascribed to things as well as people, and appears to be the antithesis of the behavior Machiavelli wants to encourage. While effeminacy typically connotes a disparagement of men as well as women, it is difficult to tell if that is indeed what Machiavelli means in his use of the term. By carefully reviewing his discussions of effeminacy as well as his treatment of women, a more nuanced interpretation of his thought emerges. It appears that although women and effeminate men are typically left out of traditional power structures, there may be a way for both to overcome their defects. Machiavelli's play Mandragola offers insight into how this may occur.en_US
dc.format.extent34 pagesen_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherNorthern Illinois Universityen_US
dc.rightsNIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.en_US
dc.subject.lcshMachiavelli, Niccolò, 1469-1527. Mandragolaen_US
dc.subject.lcshMachiavelli, Niccolò, 1469-1527. Discorsi sopra la prima deca di Tito Livio. English|Effeminacy in literature--History and criticismen_US
dc.subject.lcshGender identity in literature--History and criticismen_US
dc.titleMachiavelli and manhood : a study of effeminacy in the "Discourses on Livy" and "Mandragola"en_US
dc.type.genreDissertation/Thesisen_US
dc.typeTexten_US
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Political Scienceen_US
dc.description.degreeM.A. (Master of Arts)en_US


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