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Title: Christine de Pizan and the Moral Defence of Women: Reading beyond Gender
Author: Brown-Grant, Rosalind
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2000
Paperback; ISBN: 9780521537742
Volumes: 1; Pages: 240
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Christine de Pizan's Livre de la Cit des Dames (1405) is justly renowned for its full-scale assault on the misogynist stereotypes that dominated the culture of the Middle Ages. Rosalind Brown-Grant locates the Cit in the context of Christine's defense of women as it developed over a number of years and through a range of different texts. 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.ContentsIntroduction1. The 'querelle de la Rose': Christine's critique of misogynist doctrine and literary practice2. The Epistre Otha: an ethical and allegorical alternative to the Roman de la Rose?3. The Avision-Christine: a female exemplar for the princely reader4. The Livre de la Cits Dames: generic transformation and the moral defence of women5. The Livre des Trois Vertus: a betrayal of the Cit?