Women Writers of the Renaissance and Reformation

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Katharina M. Wilson
University of Georgia Press, 1987 - 638 pàgines
The dawn of humanism in the Renaissance presented privileged women with great opportunities for personal and intellectual growth. Sexual and social roles still determined the extent to which a woman could pursue education and intellectual accomplishment, but it was possible through the composition of poetry or prose to temporarily offset hierarchies of gender, to become equal to men in the act of creation.

Edited by Katharina M. Wilson, this anthology introduces the works of twenty-five women writers of the Renaissance and Reformation, among them Marie Dentière, a Swiss evangelical reformer whose writings were so successful they were banned during her lifetime; Gaspara Stampa, a cultivated courtesan of Venetian aristocratic circles who wrote lyric poetry that has earned her comparisons to Michelangelo and Tasso; Hélisenne de Crenne, a French aristocrat who embodied the true spirit of the Renaissance feminist, writing both as novelist and as champion of her sex; Helene Kottanner, Austrian chambermaid to Queen Elizabeth of Hungary whose memoirs recall her daring theft of the Holy Crown of Saint Stephen for her esteemed mistress; and Lady Mary Sidney Wroth, the first Englishwoman known to write a full-length work of fiction and compose a significant body of secular poetry.

Offering a seldom seen counterpoint to literature written by men, Women Writers of the Renaissance and Reformation presents prose and poetry that have never before appeared in English, as well as writings that have rarely been available to the nonspecialist. The women whose writings are included here are united by a keen awareness of the social limitations placed upon their creative potential, of the strained relationship between their gender and their work. This concern invests their writings with a distinctive voice--one that carries the echoes of a male aesthetic while boldly declaring battle against it.

 

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Continguts

Child Woman and Poet
22
A Renaissance Gentildonna
47
Mystic of Pure Love
67
Franciscan Mystic
81
France
99
Poet of Lyon
132
The Woman Behind the Legend
158
Champion of Womens Rights
177
The Austrian Chambermaid
327
Regent of the Netherlands
350
PART FOUR
363
Spain
401
Hungary
435
England
449
Countess of Pembroke
481
Queen of England
522

The Lyonnais Neoplatonist
219
The French Humanist Scholars
232
A Propagandist for the Reform
260
PART THREE
285
A View of Practical Living
304
Lady Wroth
548
The Matchless Orinda
566
Chronology of Literary and Historical Figures
609
Contributors
623
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Sobre l'autor (1987)

Katharina M. Wilson is a professor of comparative literature at the University of Georgia. She is the author of several books and the editor of Medieval Women Writers (Georgia).

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