Intellectual Women in Early Modern Europe

Authored by: Diana Robin

The Ashgate Research Companion to Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe

Print publication date:  April  2013
Online publication date:  March  2016

Print ISBN: 9781409418177
eBook ISBN: 9781315613765
Adobe ISBN: 9781317041054


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The years 1996–2009 saw an unprecedented wave of publication of early modern European women’s works, many of them available for the first time in print. Among this proliferation of editions of women’s works were not only solo-authored texts, but multi-volume series of texts by women authors across Europe. The availability of this polyglot body of women’s writings in English translation was key in building a new community of scholars and students of early modern women across language barriers. In 1996, Margaret King and Albert Rabil, Jr inaugurated the series The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe, featuring women’s writings for the period 1400–1700 in English translation from works originally published in French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, German, Portuguese, Russian, Scandinavian and Ukrainian as well as in English. 1 1

King and Rabil, 19962008, now Toronto, 2009–13.

In France, Colette Winn launched a second series of works by early modern French women, titled Textes de la Renaissance, série ‘L’éducation féminine, de la Renaissance à l’age classique’, 2 2

Winn, 2003.

while Eliane Viennot edited a series of early modern French women’s writings titled La Cité des Dames. 3 3

Viennot, 2004.

In 2009, Mary Ellen Lamb directed the publication of a seven-volume series titled Ashgate Critical Studies in Women Writers in England, 1550–1700. 4 4

Lamb, 2009.

Still more recently, Georgianna Ziegler has published and tracked a very large array of electronic sites under the rubric Early Modern Women Online: An Annotated Bibliography (n.d.), which at this writing contains 24 separate websites on editions of pre-1700 European women writers.

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