Christine de Pizan: A Casebook

Christine de Pizan: A Casebook

by Barbara K. Altmann
     
 

Christine de Pizan wrote voluminously, commenting on various aspects of the late-medieval society in which she lived. Considered by many to be the first French woman of letters, Christine and her writing have been difficult to place ever since she began putting her thoughts on the page. Although her work was neglected in the eighteenth and nineteenth century, there

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Christine de Pizan wrote voluminously, commenting on various aspects of the late-medieval society in which she lived. Considered by many to be the first French woman of letters, Christine and her writing have been difficult to place ever since she began putting her thoughts on the page. Although her work was neglected in the eighteenth and nineteenth century, there has been a eruption of Christine studies in recent decades, making her the perfect subject for a casebook. This volume serves as a useful guide to contemporary research exploring Christine's life and work as they reflected and influenced her socio-political milieu.

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Library Journal
Because de Pizan lived and wrote in turbulent times (in 14th-century France, during the One Hundred Years' War, the Great Schism of the Papacy, and civil war among royal French families) and because she was the first woman to earn a living from her writing, editors Altman (French, Univ. of Oregon) and McGrady (French, Tulane) wisely saw a need for this worthy casebook, which presents both older and newer research in the field. The scholarly articles included here examine de Pizan on four levels: the times in which she wrote, her interest in the status of women, texts she authored and genres she worked in, and her work in manuscript form. Because of the difficulty of editing her texts, de Pizan's reputation as a writer languished from the 16th century until the late 19th century and the advent of philological research. Though the research is comprehensive and accompanied by a lengthy introduction, the price is prohibitively high for general collections. Recommended for academic libraries only.-Robert Ivey, Univ. of Memphis Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415939096
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/15/2002
Series:
Garland Medieval Casebooks Series, #34
Pages:
310
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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