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Selected Poems and Translations: A Bilingual Edition

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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H-France
This new edition is the only one gathering the poetess' complete poetic works. It is also the first English translation. . . . [It] is very readable and will help this largely unknown female author reclaim her place next to the most famous poets of Renaissance France.

— Isabelle Fernbach

H-France - Isabelle Fernbach
"This new edition is the only one gathering the poetess' complete poetic works. It is also the first English translation. . . . [It] is very readable and will help this largely unknown female author reclaim her place next to the most famous poets of Renaissance France."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226141947
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Series: Other Voice in Early Modern Europe Series
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Pages: 130
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Anna Klosowska is associate professor of French at Miami University.
 
 
 
 
 

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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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