The Allegory of Female Authority: Christine de Pizan's Cite des Dames

The Allegory of Female Authority: Christine de Pizan's Cite des Dames

by Maureen Quilligan

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The Allegory of Female Authority: Christine de Pizan's Cite des Dames by Maureen Quilligan

The first professional female writer, Christine de Pizan (1363-1431) was widowed at age twenty-five and supported herself and her family by enlisting powerful patrons for her poetry. Her Livre de la Cité des Dames (1405) is the earliest European work on women's history by a woman. An allegorical poem that revises masculine traditions, it asserts and defends the authority of women in general and of its author in particular. In this generously illustrated book, Maureen Quilligan provides a persuasive and penetrating interpretation of the Cité.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801497889
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 01/28/1992
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Maureen Quilligan is Howard E. and Judith Steinberg Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of The Allegory of Female Authority: Christine de Pizan's Cité des Dames.

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