Collected letters of a Renaissance feminist by Cereta, Laura; Cereta, Laura; Robin, Diana Maury

By Cereta, Laura; Cereta, Laura; Robin, Diana Maury

Renaissance author Laura Cereta (1469–1499) provides feminist matters in a predominantly male venue—the humanist autobiography within the kind of own letters. Cereta's works circulated broadly in Italy throughout the early sleek period, yet her entire letters have by no means sooner than been released in English. In her public lectures and essays, Cereta explores the heritage of women's contributions to the highbrow and political lifetime of Europe. She argues opposed to the slavery of ladies in marriage and for the rights of ladies to better schooling, an identical concerns that experience occupied feminist thinkers of later centuries.

Yet those letters additionally provide an in depth portrait of an early glossy woman’s deepest adventure, for Cereta addressed many letters to an in depth circle of friends and family, discussing hugely own issues equivalent to her tough relationships along with her mom and her husband. Taken jointly, those letters are a testomony either to anyone lady and to enduring feminist concerns.

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Marginality and the Fictionsoj Self(Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1987). Representation Ronald G. Witt, Herculesat theCrossroads. : Duke University Press, 1983). 19 AUTOBIOGRAPHY C ereta's only letter to Nazaria Olympica, a friend and mentor she calls "sister," is presented at the head of this edition of her collected letters because a discussion of its themes is essential to an understanding of Cereta and her art. 1 Not only does the letter to Olympica contain more autobiographical information than any other letter in her book of letters, it also introduces the reader to the major themes in Cereta's epistolary autobiography.

The long-term influence of humanism on the literary culture of women was significant. It would be a mistake to define Renaissance humanism too 40. On these and other women writers see Rinaldina Russell, ed. ItalianWomenWrtiers;Margaret King, Womenoj the Renaissance;and P. O. Kristeller, "Learned Women of Early Modern Italy: Humanists and University Scholars," in Labalme, BeyondTheirSex. Translator's Introduction narrowly, associating with it only those writers who published their work in Greek or Latin or who translated from those languages, since, after the fifteenth century, most educated Italians wrote and published in the vernacular.

61 (fols. 100v-l06); Tom. 59 (pp. 145-54); Rabil50 (his date November 5, 1486). The text of this letter is in chapter 1. 7. Olivieri's humanist school is mentioned in Pasero, 1111 dominio veneto," p. 200; Caccia, "La cultura," p. 506 n. 2; and Cremona, "Lumanesimo Bresciano," p. 590 n. 2. 8. See Caccia, "La Cultura," pp. , Schoolingin RenaissanceItaly. Literacyand Learning,1300-1600 (Baltimore-johns Hopkins University Press, 1989), pp. 96-102. 9. Pasero,"11 dominio veneto," pp.. 182-189. 10. See her letter to Ludovico Cendrata of Verona in chapter 5.

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