The Beloved as Speaker: Amedea degli Aleardi’s “Deh, non esser Iason”, Madeline (Grace) Matthews, UG '22 (2312857)
My presentation discusses my work researching the impact and poetry of an obscure Renaissance poetess, Amedea degli Aleardi, who worked and lived in the late 14th and early 15th centuries. The sole surviving sonnet of her opus, "Deh, non esser Iason, s'io son Medea" is one of the earliest Italian sonnets which can be attributed to a female author with a fair degree of certainty. While we know very little about Aleardi, traces of her remain in the poetry of men who were said to have been in love with her. Conversations of Aleardi are generally limited to bolstering discussions of the men who loved herm which is reductive of her work and impact, particularly considering that the work of female poets of the early Italian Renaissance is consistently overlooked in modern conversation outside academia.