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Description - Debate of the "Romance of the Rose" by Christine de Pizan

In 1401, Christine de Pizan (1365-1430?), one of the most renowned and prolific woman writers of the Middle Ages, wrote a letter to the provost of Lille criticizing the highly popular and widely read "Romance of the Rose" for its blatant and unwarranted misogynistic depictions of women. The debate that ensued, over not only the merits of the treatise but also the place of women in society, started Europe on the long path to gender parity. Pizan's criticism sparked a continent-wide discussion that is still alive today in disputes about art and morality, especially the civic responsibility of a writer or artist for the works he or she produces. In "Debate of the 'Romance of the Rose'", David F. Hult collects, along with the debate documents themselves, letters, sermons, and excerpts from other works of Pizan, including one from "City of Ladies" - her major defense of women and their rights - that give context to this debate. Here, Pizan's supporters and detractors are heard alongside her own formidable, protofeminist voice. The resulting volume affords a rare look at the way people read and thought about literature in the period immediately preceding the era of print.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226670133
ISBN-10: 0226670139
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 15-Apr-2010
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Christine de Pizan

David F. Hult is professor of French at the University of California, Berkeley, and the editor or coeditor of six books.

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