Developed over four years, it takes inspiration from a 15th century feminist text, Christine de Pizan
's "The Book of the City of Ladies."
Blumenfeld-Kosinski, Renate, and Earl Jeffrey Richards, trans, Christine de Pizan
: Othea's Letter to Hector (The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe: The Toronto Series, 57), Toronto, Iter Press and Tempe, Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2017; paperback; pp.
The four volumes present 59 essays, articles, and extracts of books relating to feminism, most from recent decades, but beginning with Christine de Pizan
in the 15th century and including such luminaries as Emma Goldman, Emmeline Pankhurst, bell hooks, and Virginia Woolf.
Moreover, the author's analysis of these specific texts is situated within an impressive historical and critical framework; starting in the late medieval period with brief considerations of 14th-century sumptuary laws and writers such as Christine De Pizan
, she draws parallels between descriptions of women's public appearances from the 15th-century works of Leon Battista Alberti to late 19thcentury capitalist society.
Alexandra Verini addresses models of female friendship in the European Middle Ages, arguing that Christine de Pizan
and Margery Kempe illustrate a "viable female alternative" to classical models.
Chapter one zeroes in on Christine de Pizan
's The Book of the City of Ladies (1405), among other proto-feminist (and otherwise) pre-nineteenth-century texts, to put forth her feminist critique of traditional (masculinist) utopias (18).
Christine de Pizan
and the Fight for France, by Tracy Adams.
1367-1426) made his official literary debut in 1402, two years after his masters death, with a loose rendition of Christine de Pizan
's Epistre au dieu d'Amours, the first of his poems for which he gives a date.
"Laurel then wrote this book which includes Virginia Woolf, a well-behaved person and badly behaved in her books, and medieval writer Christine de Pizan
, who even then said that hundreds of women get forgotten.
"'Perdre son latin': Christine de Pizan
and Vernacular Humanism." In Christine de Pizan
and the Categories of Difference, edited by Marilynn Desmond, 91-107.
Laura Rinaldi Dufresne, Professor of Art History at Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC, is the author of The Fifteenth-Century Illustrations of Christine de Pizan
's The Book of the City of Ladies and The Treasure of the City of Ladies (2012).