Christine de Pizan and the Moral Defence of Women: Reading beyond Gender

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Christine de Pizan's Livre de la Cité des Dames (1405) is justly renowned for its full-scale assault on the misogynist stereotypes that dominated the culture of the Middle Ages. Rosalind Brown-Grant locates the Cité in the context of Christine's defense of women as it developed over a number of years and through a range of different texts. This study shows that Christine's case for women nonetheless had an underlying unity in its insistence on the moral, if not the social, ...

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Overview

Christine de Pizan's Livre de la Cité des Dames (1405) is justly renowned for its full-scale assault on the misogynist stereotypes that dominated the culture of the Middle Ages. Rosalind Brown-Grant locates the Cité in the context of Christine's defense of women as it developed over a number of years and through a range of different texts. This study shows that Christine's case for women nonetheless had an underlying unity in its insistence on the moral, if not the social, equality of the sexes.

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"Brown-Grant's ambitious work delivers what it promises and more." Speculum

"consistently compelling, thoughful, and groundbreaking...Rosalind Brown-Grant's book would be a happy addition to the libraries of both medieval scholars as well as contemporary feminist critics." Comitatus Vol 32 2001

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Introduction; 1. The 'querelle de la Rose': Christine's critique of misogynist doctrine and literary practice; 2. The Epistre Othéa: an ethical and allegorical alternative to the Roman de la Rose?; 3. The Avision-Christine: a female exemplar for the princely reader; 4. The Livre de la Cités Dames: generic transformation and the moral defence of women; 5. The Livre des Trois Vertus: a betrayal of the Cité?

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