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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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An Empire of Her Own

An Empire of Her Own

Literacy as Appropriation in Christine de Pizan's Livre de la Cité des Dames

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Dido's Daughters
University of Chicago Press

This chapter explores how Marguerite de Navarre depicted literacy as reformation and translation in her book Heptaméron. It suggests that de Navarre appropriated both oral and written materials to construct an imperialist ideological project of her own and she was able to open and mystify lines of communication among women across generational and class lines. This chapter argues that de Navarre's decision to recreate Marguerite Porete's literary and historical example for new political and theological uses is crucial to her revisionary project of imperial mapping.

Keywords:   Marguerite de Navarre, literacy, reformation, Heptaméron, Marguerite Porete, imperial mapping

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