matroneum

matroneum

In some religious settings which do not allow the sexes to mingle, a gallery set aside for women.
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In her critical positioning of Battiferra, Kirkham is keen to distance herself from the tendency to consider sixteenth-century female-authored lyric as a tradition apart: a "virtual matroneum" that has had the effect of "isolating [Battiferra] from the cultural mainstream where once she thrived" (53).
Tuttavia il nocciolo dell'analisi della Parati non e il matroneum che definisce come sfera privata della donna nei suoi vari ruoli di moglie, figlia e madre "completed by the privileged 'space of privacy' inhabited by Man" (6).