Christine de Pizan's Changing Opinion: A Quest for Certainty in the Midst of Chaos

Christine de Pizan's Changing Opinion: A Quest for Certainty in the Midst of Chaos

by Douglas Kelly
     
 

Christine de Pizan's Changing Opinion examines the evolution of Christine's thought on true and false opinion. She reflected deeply on the subject of opinion while analyzing, evaluating, challenging, and changing her own and others' opinions in her lifelong quest for certain truth. Parsing opinion in Christine's writings gives us insight into her thought on…  See more details below

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Christine de Pizan's Changing Opinion examines the evolution of Christine's thought on true and false opinion. She reflected deeply on the subject of opinion while analyzing, evaluating, challenging, and changing her own and others' opinions in her lifelong quest for certain truth. Parsing opinion in Christine's writings gives us insight into her thought on controversial issues while highlighting opinions that were and, indeed, often still are, subjective and controversial. The first two chapters treat her definition and description of opinion, including her conception of the thinking mind and the arts by which that mind expresses thought; they also follow her changing opinion about the nature and power of fortune in the world she knew. The next three chapters treat three specific changes in her opinions on misogyny, chivalric (or courtly) love, and self-interest and enlightened self-interest in society. The last chapter relates Christine's views on opinion to recent work on subjectivity in medieval writing. DOUGLAS KELLY is Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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A useful survey of the breadth of Christine's work, one which draws on a wide range of her poetic and prose writings. MEDIUM AEVUMKelly has succeeded in defining a major subject in Christine de Pizan studies. SPECULUMReplete with profoundly thoughtful and questioning readings of Christine's works, while deftly incorporating a broad command of previous scholarship. ARTHURIANAA rich, careful, original and well-written study. MLR, 103.3, 2008

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781843841111
Publisher:
Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date:
04/19/2007
Series:
Gallica, #4
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

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