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Sarah Nelson
University of Idaho (Moscow, ID 83844-9803)

Summer Stipends
Research Programs

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$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2020 – 6/30/2020

The Correspondence of Italian-French Noblewoman Marie Mancini (1639-1715): A Digital Edition

Research and writing leading to digital publication of the transcriptions, translations, and annotations of approximately 25 letters written by Italo-French noblewoman Marie Mancini (1639-1715) as well as the creation of the project website.

Creation of a public website containing my transcriptions, translations, and annotations of 20-25 letters by Marie Mancini (1639-1715), as well as an analytical introduction. Mancini’s correspondence offers a window on the conditions of early modern women’s lives that other famous women letter-writers of the age do not provide, because Mancini also published a memoir. I produced the only modern English edition of her memoir, including extensive annotation. The comparison of her public and private writing allows analysis of her conscious fashioning of a public image and her strategic deployment of that image. The website will be a useful resource for scholars of literature, early modern women’s lives, gender studies more broadly, and European diplomatic history. It also has the potential to attract a broad audience of non-specialist readers, drawn by the dramatic adventure of Marie’s life and enticed, by rigorous scholarship and the author’s authentic voice, to further exploration.