Christine de Pizan: A Casebook

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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, de Pizan 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 an eruption of de Pizan studies in recent decades, making her the perfect subject for a casebook. This volume serves as a useful guide to ...
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Overview

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, de Pizan 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 an eruption of de Pizan studies in recent decades, making her the perfect subject for a casebook. This volume serves as a useful guide to contemporary research exploring de Pizan's life and work as they reflected and influenced her socio-political milieu.
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Editorial Reviews

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415939096
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/15/2002
  • Series: Garland Medieval Casebooks Series , #34
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
1 Introduction 1
Pt. I Christine in Context
2 Christine de Pizan and the Political Life in Late Medieval France 9
3 Christine de Pizan as Translator and Voice of the Body Politic 25
4 Somewhere between Destructive Glosses and Chaos: Christine de Pizan and Medieval Theology 43
5 Christine de Pizan: Memory's Architect 57
Pt. II Building a Female Community
6 Christine de Pizan as a Defender of Women 81
7 Christine's Treasure: Women's Honor and Household Economies in the Livre des trois vertus 101
8 Who's a Heroine? The Example of Christine de Pizan 115
9 Le Livre de la cite des dames: Reconfiguring Knowledge and Reimagining Gendered Space 129
Pt. III Christine's Writings
10 Love as Metaphor in Christine de Pizan's Ballade Cycles 149
11 The Querelle de la Rose and the Ethics of Reading 167
12 The Lessons of Experience and the Chemin de long estude 181
13 The Livre de l'advision Cristine 199
14 "Nous deffens de feu, ... de pestilence, de guerres": Christine de Pizan's Religious Works 215
Pt. IV Christine's Books
15 Christine and the Manuscript Tradition 231
16 Modern Editions: Makers of the Christinian Corpus 251
Bibliography 271
Contributors 287
Index 291
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