Christine de Pizan and the Moral Defence of Women
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Christine de Pizan and the Moral Defence of Women by Rosalind Brown-Grant
Book DescriptionChristine de Pizan's Livre de la Cite des Dames (1405) is justly renowned for its full-scale assault on the misogynist stereotypes which dominated the culture of the Middle Ages. Rosalind Brown-Grant locates the Cite in the context of Christine's defence of women as it developed over a number of years and through a range of different texts. Arguing that Christine tailored her critique of misogyny according to the genre in which she was writing and the audience she was addressing, this study shows that Christine's case for women nonetheless had an underlying unity in its insistence on the moral, if not the social, equality of the sexes. Whilst Christine may not have been a radical in modern feminist terms, she was able to draw upon the cultural resources of her day in order to construct an intellectual authority for herself that challenged the prevailing orthodoxy of the day.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521641944
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 28-Jan-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Rosalind Brown-Grant
French Romance of the Later Middle Ages, Hardback (November 2008)
The first in-depth study of a little-known area of French literary history focuses on a group of 15 romances produced in the century from 1390, many commissioned at the court of Burgundy. It examines how these works represented men in their roles as warriors, lovers, husbands, and fathers, and women as daughters, maidens, wives, and mothers.
Christine De Pizan and the Moral Defence of Women, Paperback (September 2003)
The first book-length study of a seminal 'feminist' text from the Middle Ages.
Book of the City of Ladies, Paperback (June 1999)» View all books by Rosalind Brown-Grant
Christine de Pisan was a pioneer among female authors of the Middle Ages. This text is her first and foremost attempt to defend women from literary misogyny prevalent at the time.
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