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"Criticism" collects seven important interpretations of the literary and historical aspects of Christine's work, by Jacqueline Cerquiglini, Beatrice Gottlieb, Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski, Sheila Delany, Patricia A. Phillippy, Joel Blanchard, and Kevin Brownlee. A Selected Bibliography is included.
Paperback, 416 pages
Published January 17th 1997 by W. W. Norton & Company
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This is the book of Christine's writings we read in the Medieval World class I TAed for. I really enjoyed The Book of the City of Ladies, but this particular book annoyed me. The editor cut out lots that seems very relevant. For example, most of the stories of women that make up the bricks of the walls, or the foundations, are quickly summarized in italics. The reader cannot know the significance of or questions surrounding Christine's choice to put Semiramis in the foundations if he does not kn ...more
This one is a little slow going; however, it is a staple of women's studies courses. Christine de Pizan was the first woman in history to support herself by her writing, and she also wrote of things relevant to women and women's progress, not just prayers and child-rearing tracts like many other early women writers did. The exerpts from 'The Book of the City of Ladies' are incredibly thought-provoking and relevant even now. Her poetry I find stilted, but that could be because she wrote her poetr ...more
Christine de Pizan (also seen as de Pisan) (1363–c.1434) was a writer and analyst of the medieval era who strongly challenged misogyny and stereotypes that were prevalent in the male-dominated realm of the arts. De Pizan completed forty-one pieces during her thirty-year career (1399–1429). She earned her accolade as Europe’s first professional woman writer (Redfern 74). Her success stems from a wi ...moreMore about Christine de Pizan...