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) offers feminist matters in a predominantly male venue—the humanist autobiography within the type of own letters. Cereta's works circulated extensively in Italy in the course of the early smooth 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 analogous concerns that experience occupied feminist thinkers of later centuries.

Yet those letters additionally provide a close portrait of an early sleek woman’s inner most adventure, for Cereta addressed many letters to a detailed circle of friends and family, discussing hugely own matters akin to her tough relationships together 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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39. Ceretas letter XLIXdescribes the war of Ferrara (1482-84) in which the armies of Lodovico Sforza and Alfonso of Naples battled Venetian troops led by Roberto Sanseverino in Bergamo, Crema, and Brescia for hegemony over the region. rs 16 Translator's Introduction resembling in her Fury-like demeanor the spectre of fear that had earlier stalked Cereta in her dreams (letters XXVI and XLI), is perhaps a figure for Cereta herself, who-according to her own testimony-had often been injured by the Brescian public's hostility towards her and her work.

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