Choosing the Better Part: Anna Maria van Schurman (1607-1678) / Edition 1

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Anna Maria van Schurman was in more than one aspect an unconventional woman in her own lifetime. As a gifted scholar in many foreign and ancient languages, as well as in philosophy and theology, she corresponded with other learned men and women all over Europe. She achieved international renown for her defence of scholarly activity of women. The life and work of this Dutch femme savante of the 17th century has thus far been studied by theologians, philosophers, literary scholars, historians, pedagogues and art historians, each concentrating on specific aspects of Van Schurman's biography or work. A rather fragmented image of this scholar was the result. This interdependent collection of essays describes the life and work of Anna Maria van Schurman from an interdisciplinary - or rather multidisciplinary - approach and outlines a more integrated yet subtly differentiated picture.
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A collection of nine translated essays describing aspects of the life and work of Anna Maria van Shurman, a gifted 17th century Dutch scholar, artist, poet, and, obviously, unconventional woman of her time. The contributors take a multidisciplinary approach in examining van Shurman's work, suggesting new insights into her ideas on erudition, femininity, ethics, philosophy, religious beliefs, and the intellectual community to which she belonged. This critical methodology provides the first really inclusive discussion of van Shurman's varied intellectual interests. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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List of contributors. Preface. 1. Anna Maria van Schurman. A historical survey of her reception since the seventeenth century; M. de Baar, B. Rang. 2. 'An exceptional mind'. The learned Anna Maria van Schurman; B. Rang. 3. The first Dutch feminist tract? Anna Maria van Schurman's discussion of women's aptitude for the study of arts and sciences; C. van Eck. 4. 'Et ses artistes mains ...'. The art of Anna Maria van Schurman; K. Van der Stighelen. 5. 'O Utreght, Lieve Stad...'. Poems in Dutch by Anna Maria van Schurman; P. van Beek. 6. 'Now as for the faint rumours of fame attached to my name...'. The Eukleria as autobiography; M. de Baar. 7. Anna Maria van Schurman's 'reformation' of philosophy; A. Roothaan. 8. On Anna Maria van Schurman's 'right choice'; E. Scheenstra. 9. 'If she had been a man...'. Anna Maria van Schurman in the social and literary life of her age; A.A. Sneller. Chronology of events. Bibliography. Index of illustrations. Name index.

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