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Declamation on the Nobility and Preeminence of the Female Sex (The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe Series) / Edition 2
     

Declamation on the Nobility and Preeminence of the Female Sex (The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe Series) / Edition 2

by Henricus Cornelius Agrippa, Albert Rabil Jr.
 

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ISBN-10: 0226010597

ISBN-13: 9780226010595

Pub. Date: 09/28/1996

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Originally published in 1529, the Declamation on the Preeminence and Nobility of the Female Sex argues that women are more than equal to men in all things that really matter, including the public spheres from which they had long been excluded.

Rather than directly refuting prevailing wisdom, Agrippa uses women's superiority as a rhetorical device and

Overview

Originally published in 1529, the Declamation on the Preeminence and Nobility of the Female Sex argues that women are more than equal to men in all things that really matter, including the public spheres from which they had long been excluded.

Rather than directly refuting prevailing wisdom, Agrippa uses women's superiority as a rhetorical device and overturns the misogynistic interpretations of the female body in Greek medicine, in the Bible, in Roman and canon law, in theology and moral philosophy, and in politics. He raised the question of why women were excluded and provided answers based not on sex but on social conditioning, education, and the prejudices of their more powerful oppressors. His declamation, disseminated through the printing press, illustrated the power of that new medium, soon to be used to generate a larger reformation of religion.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226010595
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
09/28/1996
Series:
Other Voice in Early Modern Europe Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
142
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Editors' Introduction to the Series
Foreword
Note on the Text
Abbreviations
Agrippa and the Feminist Tradition
Suggestions for Further Reading
Declamation on the Nobility and Preeminence of the Female Sex
Index of Biblical References
General Index

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