1st Edition

Christine de Pizan A Casebook

Edited By Barbara K. Altmann, Deborah L. McGrady Copyright 2003
    312 Pages
    by Routledge

    310 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    Introduction Christine in Context Christine de Pizan and the Political Life in Late Medieval France, Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski Christine de Pizan as Translator and Voice of the Body Politic, Lori Walters Somewhere between Destructive Glosses and Chaos: Christine de Pizan and Medieval Theology, Earl Jeffrey Richards Christine de Pizan: Memory's Architect, Margarete Zimmermann Building a Female Community Christine de Pizan as a Defender of Women, Rosalind Brown-Grant Christine's Treasure: Women's Honor and Household Economies in the Livre des trois vertus, Roberta Krueger Who's a Heroine? The Example of Christine de Pizan, Thelma Fenster Le Livre de la cité des dames: Reconfiguring Knowledge and Reimagining Gendered Space, Judith Kellogg Christine's Writings Love as Metaphor in Christine de Pizan's Ballade Cycles, Tracy Adams The Querelle de la Rose and the Ethics of Reading, Marilyn Desmond The Lessons of Experience and the Chemin de long estude, Andrea Tarnowski The Livre de l'Advision Cristine, Liliane Dulac and Christine Reno Nous deffens de feu, . . . de pestilence, de guerres: Christine de Pizan's Religious Works, Maureen Boulton Christine's Books Christine and the Manuscript Tradition, James Laidlaw Modern Editions: Makers of the Christinian Corpus, Nadia Margolis Contributors Bibliography


    Barbara K. Altmann, Deborah L. McGrady

    "Because de Pizan lived and wrote in turbulent times and because she was the first woman to earn a living from her writing, editors Altman and McGrady wisely saw a need for this worthy casebook, which presents both older and newer research in the field." -- Library Journal
    "...[a] delightful collection of essays. All chapters are highly readable and carefully documented. The bibliography is a valuable research tool. Highly recommended." -- Choice
    "...the research is comprehensive and accompanied by a lengthy introduction. Recommended for academic libraries..." -- Robert Ivey, University of Memphis
    "informed, well-developed essays, accompanied by up-to-date bibliographies, which will be useful both for less-experienced students of Christine and for veteran scholars. This is an excellent collection of clear, jargon free studies, offering many perceptive connections among Christine's works." -- Heather Arden, University of Cincinnati, Speculum