By Marie le Jars de Gournay, Richard Hillman, Colette Quesnel
This quantity offers translations of 4 of Gournay's works that tackle feminist matters. of those look right here in English for the 1st time—The prom of Monsieur de Montaigne and The Apology for the lady Writing. one of many first sleek mental novels, the best-selling Promenade used to be additionally the 1st to discover girl sexual feeling. With the autobiographical Apology, Gournay defended each point of her existence, from her ethical behavior to her loved ones administration. The ebook additionally contains Gournay's final revisions (1641) of her best-known feminist treatises, The Equality of guys and Women and The girls' Complaint. The editors offer a normal evaluate of Gournay's profession, in addition to person introductions and vast annotations for every work.
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Maria Gornacensis, quam Montanus / ille filiam Justus Lipsius adeoque omnes / docti sororem agnoverunt” (cited in Ilsley, A Daughter of the Renaissance, 262). 22. In La Fille d’alliance de Montaigne, Marie de Gournay (1910; reprinted, Geneva, 1978). 23. See the survey by Dezon-Jones, “Marie le Jars de Gournay,” 204–5; cf. Ilsley, A Daughter of the Renaissance, 269–77. 24. Paul Bonnefon, Montaigne et ses amis: La Boétie, Charron, Mlle de Gournay, 2 vols. (1898; reprinted, Geneva, 1969). 17 18 Introduction to Gournay to Montaigne, who was himself now coming into vogue after relative neglect.
In a milieu where literary pursuits were largely the privilege of those with independent means, where making a living from writing depended on patronage, where the intellectual education of women was hardly a priority, and where women of even modest standing in “society” were excluded from remunerative labor altogether, Gournay succeeded in fashioning something like what we would term a “career” as an independent intellectual. Her “business” was letters of all sorts—classical and contemporary, secular and religious, poetic and philosophical.
Larsen and Colette H. Winn (New York, 2000), 237–41. THE PROMENADE OF M O N S I E U R D E M O N TA I G N E (1594) INTRODUCTION G ournay’s only work of fiction, the raison d’être of her first published volume, falls under the generic rubric of histoire tragique. The forerunner of the Gothic form, the histoire tragique had for some decades been a popular kind of romantic and sensational narrative, typically involving tangled erotic relations and invariably ending in disaster. The Promenade delivers the standard elements in profusion, beginning with an exotic setting (ancient Persia) and a beautiful princess (Alinda) menaced with arranged marriage.
Apology for the woman writing and other works by Marie le Jars de Gournay, Richard Hillman, Colette Quesnel