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The Allegory of Female Authority

Christine de Pizan's "Cite des Dames"


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The Allegory of Female Authority by Maureen Quilligan
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The first professional female writer, Christine de Pizan (1363-1431) was widowed at age twenty-five and supported herself and her family by enlisting powerful patrons for her poetry. Her Livre de la Cite des Dames (1405) is the earliest European work on women's history by a woman. An allegorical poem that revises masculine traditions, it asserts and defends the authority of women in general and of its author in particular. In this generously illustrated book, Maureen Quilligan provides a persuasive and penetrating interpretation of the Cite.

Author Biography

Maureen Quilligan is Howard E. and Judith Steinberg Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of The Allegory of Female Authority: Christine de Pizan's Cite des Dames.
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January 28th, 1992
Country of Publication
United States
Cornell University Press
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