Philobiblon: Add your five early women authors to this cumulative meme...

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Add your five early women authors to this cumulative meme...

A brilliant idea, which I just found on Heo Cwaeth. This is a collection of pre-1800 women authors. You take the existing list, and add five of your own.

So, the existing list (taken straight from Heo Cwaeth, who describes it as "the really dead women authors meme". She also links to many of the texts, but I'm still defrosting after a very cold, wet afternoon of canvassing, so I'll send you back to her for those):
Bardiac's Starter five:
Behn, Aphra - Oroonoko
Christine de Pisan (aka Pizan) - The Book of the City of Ladies
Julian of Norwich - Revelations of Divine Love
Locke, Anne (aka Ane Lok, etc) - A Meditation of a Penitent Sinner
Marie de France - The Lais of Marie de France

Dr. Virago adds:
The Paston Women - The Paston Letters
Margery Kempe - The Book of Margery Kempe
Anonymous - The Floure and the Leafe(Her reasoning for this is on her blog)
Lady Mary Wroth - Poems

La Lecturess adds:
Anne Askew - The Examinations of Anne Askew
Mary Sidney - Psalms
Anne Finch - Poems
Katherine Phillips - Poems
Teresa of Avila - Life

Amanda adds:
Bradstreet, Anne: collected poems
Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz: Fama y obras póstumas
Lanyer, Aemilia: Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum
Wroth, Lady Mary: Urania

Medieval Woman adds:
Trotula - The Diseases of Women
Female Troubador Poets:- La Comtessa de Dia - "A chantar m'er" & other Trobairitz poetry excerpted.
Hrostvitha of Gandersheim (c.930-c.1002) - Plays Gallicanus & Dulcitius (My note: She wrote a few more plays and poems listed on this post here.)

Heo Cwaeth adds:
Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) Scivias and Liber Divinorum Operum (plus a whole bunch of other stuff I plan to address later in a MWIA post)
Rachel Speght (1597 - Some time after 1621) Mouzell for Melastomus and Mortalities Memorandum
Anna Comnena (1093-1153) The Alexiad
Frau Ava (1060-1127) First named German poetess. "Johannes," "Leben Jesu," "Antichrist," "Das Jüngste Gericht" (That's in MHG)
Dhuoda (9th century, inexact dates) Handbook for William: A Carolingian Woman's Counsel for Her Son (at Sunshine for Women) and a dual-language version from Cambridge UP

And my additions:
Sei Shonagon, The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon (A lady in waiting to the Japanese empress c. 965AD) Favourite extracts here and here.
Eliza Haywood The History of Miss Betsey Thoughtless (1751) (and much else)
Chen Tong, Tan Ze and Qian Yi, authors of The Peony Pavilion: Commentary Edition by Wu Wushan's Three Wives (1694) They were his successive wives, by the way...
Isabella Whitney, The Copy of a Letter, lately written in meeter by a yonge Gentilwoman: to her unconstant lover (1567) and A Sweet Nosegay, or Pleasant Posy: Containing a Hundred and Ten Philosophical Flowers (1573)
Elizabeth Elstob, The Rudiments of Grammar for the English-Saxon Tongue (1715).


Blogger Penny L. Richards said...

I'll add mine here (since they wouldn't make much sense where I usually blog):

1. Clara Reeve (English, 1729-1807), _The Old English Baron_ (1778), _The School for Widows_ (1791), and other books

2. Betje Wolff (Dutch, 1738-1804), _Historie van mejuffrouw Sara Burgerhart_ (1782)

3. Maria Gaetana Agnesi (Italian, 1718-1799), wrote and published mathematical and philosophical treatises, including _Propositiones Philosophicae_ (1738) and _Analytical Institutions_

4. Luise Kulmus Gottsched (German, 1713-1762), plays, poetry, translation, also co-edited a dictionary with her husband

5. Mercy Otis Warren (American, 1728-1814), satirical plays, poetry

4/10/2006 02:43:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm surprised no one has mentioned Marguerite de Navarre, "L'Heptameron" and various religious poems and closet plays, Louise Labbe, or the many women whose works are now available in English through Chicago University Press' "Other Voices in Early Modern Europe" series, which includes dozens of Italian, French, English, and Spanish women from the 13th to the 17th centuries.

4/10/2006 06:11:00 pm  
Blogger Bardiac said...

Hi Natalie,

Thanks for contributing to the meme! I'm totally overwhelmed by how many people have picked it up, and trying to pull things together to make a fuller post.

Thanks also to Penny I Richards and anonymous! I added your suggestions, too!

4/10/2006 08:41:00 pm  
Blogger Chaser said...

For those of us who are so outside this field we are barely in the same hemisphere, THIS IS SO COOL!! I have tons of new reading I can do. YAY!!!

4/11/2006 01:06:00 pm  

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