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Dido's DaughtersLiteracy, Gender, and Empire in Early Modern England and France$
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Margaret W. Ferguson

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780226243115

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226243184.001.0001

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(p.173) Interlude
Dido's Daughters
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This chapter examines how literacy was depicted in Christine de Pizan's 1405 book Livre de la Cité des Dames. It analyzes the ways de Pizan shaped her different writerly personae to articulate a complex vision of empire that included prominent roles for female scribes, prophets, evangelists and governors. This chapter highlights the similarities between the stories of de Pizan and Dido and suggests that de Pizan used Dido as a key allegorical figure in attempting to establish her authority in a milieu where she was doubly an alien.

Keywords:   Christine de Pizan, female scribes, female prophets, female evangelists, female governors, literacy, Dido, writerly personae

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