Christine de Pizan: Further Reading

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Kennedy, Angus J. Christine de Pizan: A Bibliographical Guide. London: Grant and Cutler, 1984, 131 p.

Categorizes studies by individual works and major themes, with cross-referencing.

Willard, Charity Cannon. "Christine de Pizan." In French Women Writers: A Bio-Bibliographical Source Book, edited by Eva Martin Sartori and Dorothy Wynne Zimmerman, pp. 56-65. New York: Greenwood, 1991.

Surveys major themes and lists important editions and studies; includes many studies available only in French.

Yenal, Edith. Christine de Pizan: A Bibliography, 2nd ed. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1989, 185 p.

Updates Angus J. Kennedy's 1984 bibliography.


Willard, Charity Cannon. Christine de Pizan: Her Life and Works. New York: Persea Books, 1984, 266 p.

Addresses Christine's beliefs and ideals as reflected in her works and characterizes her as a dedicated scholar.


Altman, Barbara K., and Deborah L. McGrady, eds. Christine de Pizan: A Casebook. New York: Routledge, 2003, 296 p.

Contains up-to-date original essays by important Christine scholars, including Earl Jeffrey Richards, Nadia Margolis, Marilyn Desmond, and Liliane Dulac.

Bell, Susan Groag. "Christine de Pizan (1364-1430): Humanism and the Problem of a Studious Woman." Feminist Studies 3 (spring-summer 1976): 173-84.

Relates Christine's personal life to her writings and addresses her awareness of the sacrifices she made to be a female scholar.

Davis, Natalie Zemon. "Gender and Genre: Women as Historical Writers, 1400-1820." In Beyond Their Sex: Women of the European Past, edited by Patricia H. Labalme, pp. 153-82. New York: New York University Press, 1980.

Briefly discusses Christine's roles as historical writer and defender of women's inherent abilities.

Delaney, Sheila. "Rewriting Woman Good: Gender and the Anxiety of Influence in Two Late-Medieval Texts." In Chaucer in the Eighties, edited by Julian N. Wasserman and Robert J. Blanch, pp. 75-92. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1986.

Compares Chaucer's and Christine's literary attempts to portray women favorably.

Desmond, Marilyn, ed. Christine de Pizan and the Categories of Difference. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1998, 287 p.

Includes essays on Christine's involvement in the production of her writings, the intertextuality of her works, and the context in which she wrote.

Enders, Jody. "The Feminist Mnemonics of Christine de Pizan." Modern Language Quarterly 55, no. 3 (September 1994): 231-49.

Interprets The Book of the City of Ladies with a focus on both prose technique and gender issues.

Forhan, Kate Langdon. The Political Theory of Christine de Pizan. Aldershot, Eng.: Ashgate, 2002, 187 p.

Focuses on Christine's political writings addressed to the French court and considers her defense of women in the context of her larger social vision.

Gabriel, Astrik L. "The Educational Ideas of Christine de Pizan." Journal of the History of Ideas 16, no. 1 (January 1955): 3-21.

Discusses Christine's educational philosophy for women, describing her as one of the great moralists in Christian literature.

Kelly, F. Douglas. "Reflections on the Role of Christine de Pisan as a Feminist Writer." SubStance, no. 3 (winter 1972): 63-71.

Considers how Christine came to be labeled a feminist, concluding that she was not a true feminist but instead a woman who improved the image of her sex by opposing antifeminist literature.

Margolis, Nadia. "Christine de Pizan: The Poetess as Historian." Journal of the History of Ideas 47, no. 3 (July-September 1986): 361-75.

Discusses Christine's feminist perspective in her works, comparing her writings with those of several male historians and philosophers.

Price, Paola Malpezzi. "Masculine and Feminine Personae in the Love Poetry of Christine de Pisan." In Gender and Literary Voice, edited by Janet Todd, pp. 37-53. New York: Holmes & Meier Publishers, 1980.

Compares Christine's love poetry to that of male writers, including those she used as models, and discusses her use of personae to introduce a feminine perspective.

Richards, Earl Jeffrey. "Rejecting Essentialism and Gendered Writing: The Case of Christine de Pizan." In Gender and Text in the Later Middle Ages, edited by Jane Chance, pp. 96-131. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1996.

Studies Christine's work in the context of gender and the question of a masculine or feminine mode of writing.


Additional coverage of Christine de Pizan's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 208; Literature Criticism 1400-1800, Vol. 9; Literature Resource Center; and Reference Guide to World Literature, Eds. 2, 3.

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