Born Elena Cassandra Tarabotti in 1604, Sister Arcangela Tarabotti gained renown, both in her native Venice and elsewhere in Europe, as a relentless critic of the subjection of women and the practice of forced vocations, of which she was a victim. A formidable advocate for her own writing, despite being a cloistered nun, she saw to the publication of several polemical works, devotional texts, and a collection of familiar letters. Her corpus constitutes a highly original and compelling denunciation of the misogynist social, cultural, and political mores of the time.
The eldest daughter of a middle-class family, and born with a limp, Tarabotti was deemed unsuitable for marriage and destined for the convent. The two youngest of her six sisters were married (Medioli, “Des liaisons”).
Citation: Hester, Nathalie. "Arcangela Tarabotti". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 October 2015 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=13348, accessed 10 December 2023.]