By Sonya Stephens
This quantity is the 1st historic creation to women's writing in France from the 6th century to the current day. particularly commissioned essays by way of top students give you the first creation in English to the wealth and variety of French girls writers, supplying new readings and new views. each one bankruptcy makes a speciality of a given interval and variety of writers, taking account of triumphing sexual ideologies and the social, political, monetary and cultural atmosphere. broad reference beneficial properties comprise a bibliography and advisor to a couple of hundred and fifty writers and their works.
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The author translates from a single Latin source rather than from diverse fables or oral and literary tales. But no translation is neutral, and the choice of text is key. Possibly near the end of her life, Marie elects to tell her most harrowing tale of spiritual perdition and salvation, that of the . knight Owen’s aventure to Purgatory, not so that her own reputation may be enhanced but so that the souls of those ‘laie gent’ [lay people] who hear her translation may be saved.
20 Compared to their male counterparts, the trobaritz in the cansos eschew complicated rhyme schemes and elaborate metaphors or extended conceits, but their more ‘direct’ expression is by no means devoid of art. As these few examples have shown, the emotional range of the trobairitz is complex and deep in the cansos. In the tensos and sirventes, women’s voices take up with ﬁrm rhetorical control a variety of issues ranging from the proper duties of a knight in love to the evils of sumptuary legislation.
Several letters penned by Marguerite d’Oingt and other short texts written to or about her attest to the prioress’s role as a spiritual leader. In one of these, Marguerite writes in the third person to explain how writing down God’s revelation has saved her from madness: ‘I ﬁrmly believe that if she had not put all this down in writing, she would have died or gone mad . ’ (Writings, p. ). But Marguerite d’Oingt’s work transcends personal therapy as it provides examples of piety and salvation for a larger Christian community.
A History of Women's Writing in France by Sonya Stephens