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Dido's Daughters: Literacy, Gender, and Empire in Early Modern England and France

Margaret W. Ferguson

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226243115
eISBN:
9780226243184
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226243184.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

Our common definition of literacy is the ability to read and write in one language. But as this book reveals, this description is inadequate, because it fails to help us understand heated conflicts ... More


Epic Opera

Anthony Welch

in The Renaissance Epic and the Oral Past

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300178869
eISBN:
9780300188998
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300178869.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter shows how one early European opera, Nahum Tate's and Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, reflects the period's growing discomfort over epic mythmaking. Taking up the chaste Dido tradition, ... More


Prologue

in Dido's Daughters: Literacy, Gender, and Empire in Early Modern England and France

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226243115
eISBN:
9780226243184
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226243184.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter discusses the contents and objective of this book which is to explore the history of female literary in the context of the story of Dido, a character in a Latin epic poem. It explains ... More


Interlude

in Dido's Daughters: Literacy, Gender, and Empire in Early Modern England and France

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226243115
eISBN:
9780226243184
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226243184.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter examines how literacy was depicted in Christine de Pizan's 1405 book Livre de la Cité des Dames. It analyzes the ways de Pizan shaped her different writerly personae to articulate a ... More


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