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Scientific objectives

1. Complete the history of feminism ante literam, the history of the ideas of equality between men and women, the history of mentalities and emotions in Italy, with special interest in disability, through the study of the proposed texts that cover three centuries (XIII to XVII).
2. To make dissenting male voices known within the culture, in order to contribute to the construction of new maculinities through selected Italian texts and authors.
3. Complete the history of Italian literature with the updating of unpublished and little-studied texts by the authors participating in the Complaint.
4. Complete the history of Italian-Spanish literary relations through the Male Voices of the Women's Complaint in Italy and its knowledge in Hispanic culture, through the translation and critical editing of unpublished authors in the Spanish language.

Dissemination objectives and transfer of results to society

Contribute, through the informative materials and the dissemination plan, to formal and informal education with the visibility of positive masculinities, involved in a culture of collaboration, which provide models and examples for a more egalitarian society and to eradicate sexist violence . Foster a culture of understanding and collaboration between men and women.

Specific objectives

a) Carry out 22 monographs dedicated to the texts that are the object of this project in a double sense:

1. Modern critical editions in Italian that update the manuscript texts and facilitate their access to other researchers and the general public;
2. Modern critical editions with translation into Spanish that make the works of these authors known in the field of Spanish-speaking culture.

b) Carry out 51 cross-sectional studies between the different literary periods included in the project's temporal arc (13th to 16th centuries) in the Italian sphere and in the sphere of Italian-Spanish comparative literature, which will be the subject of publications in JOS magazines and chapters of books and communications in international congresses, through the following topics:

1. The marginalization in the histories of literature and by literary criticism of the authors who participate in the Complaint.
2. The friendship and patronage relations between the writers of the Complaint.
3. Influence relations between previous and later Italian authors, also in the context of international influence relations with Spain.
4. The connections between the history of women and the history of gender in the period under study.
5. The construction of stereotypes, images and masculine and feminine identities in the considered period.
6. Extend the study of the Women's Complaint to "overlapping" texts, present in prefactions, annotations, which are part of the works of writers who are not considered by their title,      genre or subject as part of this debate.
7. The male voices in the Complaint in other literary genres: poetry, scientific literature, beauty or hygiene manuals, conduct manuals or about the family.
8. Editors' relationships and role with authors.