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IWW Author(s): Cereta, Laura, 1469-1499
Editor: Robin, Diana Maury
Edition Title: Collected Letters of a Renaissance Feminist
Alternate Title: Epistolae; Laurae Ceretae Brixiensis Feminae Clarissimae Epistolae iam primum e MS in lucem productae
Place of Publication: Chicago
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Year of Publication: 1997
Series: The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe
Description: xxv, 216 p., 24 cm.
Language: English
Notes: Transcribed, translated, and edited by Diana Robin. Includes bibliographical references (p. [203]-209) and index.
Genre: Letter
Table of Contents: Introduction to the Series -- Acknowledgments -- Translator's Introduction -- 1. Autobiography -- 2. Women and Society -- 3. Marriage and Mourning -- 4. Woman to Woman -- 5. The Public Lectures, --6. Dialogue on the Death of an Ass -- Bibliography -- Index.
Subjects: Authors, Latin (Medieval and modern) -- Italy -- Correspondence.; Women -- Italy -- History -- Renaissance, 1450-1600 -- Sources.; Humanists -- Italy -- Correspondence.; Feminists -- Italy -- Correspondence.
Abstract: Renaissance writer Laura Cereta (1469-1499) presents feminist issues in a predominantly male venue the humanist autobiography in the form of personal letters. Cereta's works circulated widely in Italy during the early modern era, but her complete letters have never before been published in English. In her public lectures and essays, Cereta explores the history of women's contributions to the intellectual and political life of Europe. She argues against the slavery of women in marriage and for the rights of women to higher education, the same issues that have occupied feminist thinkers of later centuries. Yet these letters also furnish a detailed portrait of an early modern woman's private experience, for Cereta addressed many letters to a close circle of family and friends, discussing highly personal concerns such as her difficult relationships with her mother and her husband. Taken together, these letters are a testament both to an individual woman and to enduring feminist concerns.
ISBN: 0226100111
OCLC Accession No.: 35637697
Edition Code: E00262-02
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