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FEL-273163-21

Misty Y. Schieberle
University of Kansas, Lawrence (Lawrence, KS 66045-7505)
Patriarchy, Politics, and Christine de Pizan's Influence on English Literature, 1400-1478

Research and writing leading to a book on the reception of French author Christine de Pizan’s writing in late medieval English Literature.

This monograph recovers French author Christine de Pizan's substantial influence on late medieval English literature, an influence obscured by male writers' failure to cite her properly or at all, due to a combination of misogyny and political rivalries. Using a methodology that attends to gender, translators' practices, and political tensions between England and France, I reorient fifteenth-century English literary culture around Christine as the central figure whose inventive perspectives on authority, gender, war, and politics provided a rich opportunity for English writers to translate, adapt, and react to her ideas. New manuscript evidence reveals that writers such as Hoccleve and Lydgate knew Christine’s works better than their poems disclose, demonstrating that although they prefer to place themselves in the masculine English lineage of Chaucer, they owe many innovations in the form, content, and quality of their writings to the prominent French woman author instead.

Project fields:
British Literature; French Literature; Medieval Studies

Program:
Fellowships

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$60,000 (approved)
$60,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2021 – 7/31/2022