Christine de Pizan: A Casebook

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Barbara K. Altmann, Deborah L. McGrady
Psychology Press, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 296 pages
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Christine de Pizan wrote voluminously, commenting on various aspects of the late-medieval society in which she lived. Considered by many to be the first French woman of letters, Christine and her writing have been difficult to place ever since she began putting her thoughts on the page. Although her work was neglected in the eighteenth and nineteenth century, there has been a eruption of Christine studies in recent decades, making her the perfect subject for a casebook. This volume serves as a useful guide to contemporary research exploring Christine's life and work as they reflected and influenced her socio-political milieu.
 

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Because de Pizan lived and wrote in turbulent times (in 14th-century France, during the One Hundred Years' War, the Great Schism of the Papacy, and civil war among royal French families) and ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Christine in Context
7
Christine de Pizan and the Political Life in Late Medieval France
9
Christine de Pizan as Translator and Voice of the Body Politic
25
Somewhere between Destructive Glosses and Chaos Christine de Pizan and Medieval Theology
43
Christine de Pizan Memorys Architect
57
Building a Female Community
79
Christine de Pizan as a Defender of Women
81
Love as Metaphor in Christine de Pizans Ballade Cycles
149
The Querelle de la Rose and the Ethics of Reading
167
The Lessons of Experience and the Chemin de long estude
181
The Livre de ladvision Cristine
199
Nous deffens de feu de pestilence de guerres Christine de Pizans Religious Works
215
Christines Books
229
Christine and the Manuscript Tradition
231
Modern Editions Makers of the Christinian Corpus
251

Christines Treasure Womens Honor and Household Economies in the Livre des trois vertus
101
Whos a Heroine? The Example of Christine de Pizan
115
Le Livre de la cité des dames Reconfiguring Knowledge and Reimagining Gendered Space
129
Christines Writings
147
Bibliography
271
Contributors
287
Index
291
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About the author (2003)

R. Barton Palmer, Calhoun Lemon Professor of Literature at Clemson University, is the author or editor of several books, including "Guillaume de Machaut: La Prise d'Alexandrie" and "Jean Froissart: An Anthology of Narrative and Lyric Poetry."
Barbara K. Altmann, associate professor of French at the University of Oregon, is the author of "The Love Debate Poems of Christine de Pizan" (UPF, 1998).

Deborah McGrady is an associate professor in the Department of French and Italian at Tulane University.

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