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April 11, 2006

The Really Dead Women Writers Meme......

....although hopefully a little less dead once we've finished with them....

A great meme started over at Bardiac. Here are the instructions;

Here's the idea: I'll put in five women writers. If you're interested, pick up the list, add five more of your favorites, and drop me a line at Bardiacblogger at yahoo dot com to check your site. With even a few contributors, we'll get a great meme with fewer of my idiosyncracies than if I do it myself. (And yes, it will probably end up Euro-centered, but I'd love to learn more about non-Euro earlier women writers, too, so add them in, please!)

Bardiac sets the ball rolling with;
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

(Check out the comments to this post for many more suggestions. I wish I had time to link to them all)

Dr. Virago adds:
The Paston Women - The Paston Letters
Margery Kempe - The Book of Margery Kempe
Anonymous - The Floure and the Leafe
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

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

Natalie adds;
Sei Shonagon, The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon (A lady in waiting to the Japanese empress c. 965AD)
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)
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).

In the comments to Natalie's post Penny L. Richards adds;
Clara Reeve (English, 1729-1807), _The Old English Baron_ (1778), _The School for Widows_ (1791), and other books
Betje Wolff (Dutch, 1738-1804), _Historie van mejuffrouw Sara Burgerhart_ (1782)
Maria Gaetana Agnesi (Italian, 1718-1799), wrote and published mathematical and philosophical treatises, including _Propositiones Philosophicae_ (1738) and _Analytical Institutions_
Luise Kulmus Gottsched (German, 1713-1762), plays, poetry, translation, also co-edited a dictionary with her husband
Mercy Otis Warren (American, 1728-1814), satirical plays, poetry


Phew!! I hope I don't overlap too much if I add;

Mary Robinson(1758-1800) Beaux and Belles of England
Mrs. Mary Robinson, Written by Herself, With the lives of the Duchesses of Gordon and Devonshire
Poems and Sappho and Phaon.

Anna Lætitia Barbauld (1743-1825) Pushing the boundaries of the meme a bit but she did write most of her stuff before 1800 including Hymns in Prose for Children.

Lucy Hutchinson (1620-1681) Order and Disorder

'Ephelia' Female Poems On Several Occasions (c. 1679)

Bathsua Makin (1600-1675) An Essay to Revive the Antient Education of Gentlewomen (Scroll down to the section entitled 'Women Educated in Arts and Tongues, have been eminent in them' to find another comprehensive list)

Posted by purple elephant at April 11, 2006 09:29 AM