Amphibological


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Am`phib`o`log´ic`al

    (ăm`fĭb`ô`lǒj´ĭ`kal)
a.1.Of doubtful meaning; ambiguous.
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By starting with a close analysis of Franco's own use of the term anfibologia and concluding with some reflections on the amphibological representations that have persisted in contemporary literary, visual, and filmic representations of the poet and courtesan, Giusti's diachronic analysis follows a clear, concise trajectory that will provide literature and art history students and scholars alike with a useful foundation for approaching visual and literary representations of Renaissance women with a heightened awareness of the linguistic and social nuances that are often taken for granted.
In the introduction (11-14) Giusti considers the example of Veronica Franco and this Venetian courtesan's ability to cross social boundaries, or what he calls her amphibological skill, as an asset of Renaissance courtesans.