Marlisa den Hartog
Marlisa den Hartog is working on a PhD thesis on perceptions of sexual identity and sexual desire in Italy between 1450 and 1550.
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Marlisa den Hartog is working on a PhD thesis on perceptions of sexual identity and sexual desire in Italy between 1450 and 1550. To what extent can we speak of “sexual identity” in this period, and how was it expressed by individuals themselves and constructed by others? How do these sexual identities relate to concepts like gender, age, social class and ethnicity? What were the perceptions about the origins of sexual desire and how it should it be dealt with? And what motives could authors operating within different discourses have had for the ways in which they described sex acts and the naked body? Those are the main questions guiding this research, and they will be answered by using a multiple discourse analysis of a variety of source material, ranging from literary to medical and theological texts.
Marlisa den Hartog completed a BA in History and a MA in Medieval and Early Modern European History at Leiden University (both cum laude). As part of her MA she studied abroad at the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR). In 2016 she won the national Volkskrant-IISG award.
for her Master thesis “The pleasure that is taken in bed. Perceptions of sexual desire and sexual identity in Italy, 1450-1500”.