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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $15.50
  • January 1997
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-97010-4
  • 416 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

The Selected Writings of Christine de Pizan

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Christine de Pizan (Author), Kevin Brownlee (Translator, University of Pennsylvania), Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski (Editor, Translator, University of Pittsburgh)


Christine de Pizan (ca. 1364-ca. 1421) is Europe’s first professional woman writer. She wrote an astonishing body of work in many genres, including lyric poetry, allegorical dream visions, history, political treatises, and biography.

This Norton Critical Edition presents selections from eighteen of Christine’s major works in fresh, contemporary translations.  Each text is fully annotated and is accompanied by an introduction placing it in the context of Christine’s oeuvre and tracing the literary developments and the historical situation of the period.  The Book of Fortune’s Transformation and The Book of the City of Ladies include manuscript illuminations.

"Criticism" collects seven important interpretations of the literary and historical aspects of Christine’s work, by Jacqueline Cerquiglini, Beatrice Gottlieb, Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski, Sheila Delany, Patricia A. Phillippy, Joel Blanchard, and Kevin Brownlee.  A Selected Bibliography is included.


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    The Selected Writings of Christine de Pizan

    1. From One Hundred Ballads and Other Ballads
    2. The God of Love’s Letters
    3. From The Letter from Othea
    4. From The Debate on the Romance of the Rose
    5. From The Tale of the Shepherdess
    6. From The Path of Long Study
    7. From The Book of Fortune’s Transformation
    8. A Letter to Eustache Morel (February 10, 1404)
    9. Morel’s Answer
    10. From The Book of the Deeds and Good Conduct of the Wise King Charles V
    11. From The Book of the City of Ladies
    12. From The Book of the Three Virtues
    13. From Christine’s Vision
    14. From The Book of the Body Politic
    15. From One Hundred Ballads of a Lover and a Lady
    16. The Lamentation on the Evils That Have Befallen France
    17. From The Book of Peace
    18. From The Letter on the Prison of Human Life
    19. The Tale of Joan of Arc


    1. Jacqueline Cerquiglini – The Stranger
    2. Beatrice Gottlieb – The Problem of Feminism in the Fifteenth Century
    3. Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski – Christine de Pizan and the Misogynistic Tradition
    4. Sheila Delany – “Mothers to Think Back Through”: Who Are They? The Ambiguous Example of Christine de Pizan
    5. Patricia A. Philippy – Establishing Authority: Boccaccio’s De Claris Mulieribus and Christine de Pizan’s Le livre de la cité de dames
    6. Joel Blanchard – “Vos poetica, vox politica”: The Poet’s
    7. Entry into the Political Arena in the Fifteenth Century
    8. Kevin Brownlee – Structures of Authority in Christine de Pizan’s Ditié de Jehanne d’Arc

    Selected Bibliography