Christine de Pizan : Texts/intertexts/contexts

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Marilynn Desmond
U of Minnesota Press, 1998 - Literary Criticism - 287 pages
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Establishes the place of this medieval writer within considerations of "difference".

Christine de Pizan, an Italian-born writer in French in the early fifteenth century, composed lyric poetry, debate poetry, political biography, and allegory. At times complicit, at times subversive, at times revisionary, her texts constantly negotiate the hierarchical and repressive discourses of late medieval court culture. How they do so is the focus of this volume, which places Christine's work in the context of larger discussions about medieval authorship, identity, and categories of difference. Here, contributors from the fields of history, literature, legal theory, art history, and medieval studies offer a truly interdisciplinary perspective on the Christine corpus.

 

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Contents

The Belly of the Monster
1
Gender Morality
16
Revisualizing the Rape Script
41
Christine de Pizan and the Authority of Experience
71
Situated Knowledges
89
The Limits
108
The Bath of the Muses and Visual Allegory in
128
Engendering Authorship
179
What Is a Patron? Benefactors and Authorship in Harley 4431
195
Christine de Pizan
215
Christine de Pizans Military Treatise
236
Works Cited
257
Contributors
279
Index 281
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Desmond is associate professor of English and comparative literature.

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