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An important contribution to growing scholarship on women's participation in literary cultures, this essay collection concentrates on cross-national communities of letters to offer a comparative and international approach to early modern women's writing. The essays gathered here focus on multiple literatures from several countries, ranging from Italy and France to the Low Countries and England. Individual essays investigate women in diverse social classes and life stages, ranging from siblings and mothers to nuns to celebrated writers; the collection overall is invested in crossing geographic, linguistic, political, and religious borders and exploring familial, political, and religious communities. Taken together, these essays offer fresh ways of reading early modern women's writing that consider such issues as the changing cultural geographies of the early modern world, women's bilingualism and multilingualism, and women's sense of identity mediated by local, regional, national, and transnational affiliations and conflicts.
About the Author
Julie Campbell (English, Eastern Illinois University) is the editor and translator of Isabella Andreini's La Mirtilla (2002) and the author of Literary Circles and Gender in Early Modern Europe (2006). Her research focuses on Renaissance and seventeenth-century literature with an emphasis on Continental and English women writers. Anne Larsen (French, Hope College) has published articles and book chapters on French Renaissance and seventeenth-century women writers and is the editor and translator of From Mother and Daughter: Poems, Dialogues, and Letters of the Dames des Roches (2006). She is currently investigating the writings of Anna Maria van Schurman on women's education.
Table of Contents
Contents: Foreword, Diana Robin; Introduction, Julie D. Campbell and Anne R. Larsen; Part I Continental Epistolary Communities: Letters make the family: Nassau family correspondence at the turn of the 17th century, Susan Broomhall; Letters and lace: Arcangela Tarabotti and convent culture in Seicento Venice, Meredith K. Ray; Women, letters, and heresy in 16th-century Italy: Guilia Gonzaga's heterodox epistolary network, Camilla Russell. Part II Cross-Channel Textual Communities and Uses of Print: The gender of the book: Jeanne de Marnef edits Pernette du Guillet, Leah Chang; ' Some improvement to their spiritual and eternal state': women's prayers in the 17th-century Church of England, Sharon Arnoult; The public life of Anne Vaughan Lock: her reception in England and Scotland, Susan M. Felch; Esther Inglis, linguist, calligrapher, miniaturist, and Christian humanist, Sarah Gwyneth Ross; Courtliness, piety, and politics: emblem books by Georgette de Montenay, Anna Roemers Visscher and Esther Inglis, Martine van Elk. Part III Constructions of Transnational Literary Circles: Crossing international borders: tutors and the transmission of young women's writing, Julie D. Campbell; Journeying across borders: Catherine des Roches's catalog of modern women intellectuals, Anne R. Larsen; Forming familles d'alliance: intellectual kinship in the republic of letters, Carol Pal; Afterword: critical distance, Margaret J.M. Ezell; Bibliography; Index.