Selected Poems and Translations: A Bilingual Edition

Selected Poems and Translations: A Bilingual Edition

by Madeleine de l'Aubespine
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0226141942

ISBN-13: 2900226141946

Pub. Date: 10/28/2007

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Madeleine de l’Aubespine (1546–1596), the toast of courtly and literary circles in sixteenth-century Paris, penned beautiful love poems to famous women of her day. The well-connected daughter and wife of prominent French secretaries of state, l’Aubespine was celebrated by her male peers for her erotic lyricism and scathingly original

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Madeleine de l’Aubespine (1546–1596), the toast of courtly and literary circles in sixteenth-century Paris, penned beautiful love poems to famous women of her day. The well-connected daughter and wife of prominent French secretaries of state, l’Aubespine was celebrated by her male peers for her erotic lyricism and scathingly original voice.

Rather than adopt the conventional self-effacement that defined female poets of the time, l’Aubespine’s speakers are sexual, dominant, and defiant; and her subjects are women who are able to manipulate, rebuke, and even humiliate men.
Unavailable in English until now and only recently identified from scattered and sometimes misattributed sources, l’Aubespine’s poems and literary works are presented here in Anna Klosowska’s vibrant translation. This collection, which features one of the first French lesbian sonnets as well as reproductions of l’Aubespine’s poetic translations of Ovid and Ariosto, will be heralded by students and scholars in literature, history, and women’s studies as an important addition to the Renaissance canon.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900226141946
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
10/28/2007
Series:
Other Voice in Early Modern Europe Series
Edition description:
Bilingual
Pages:
130

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Series Editors’ Introduction
Volume Editor’s Introduction
Volume Editor’s Bibliography

Selected Poems

Appendix A Translation of Ovid’s Heroides, Second Epistle
Appendix B: Translation from Ariosto’s Orlando furioso, Canto 1

Series Editors’ Bibliography
Notes
Index of First Lines and Titles
General Index

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