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Albert Rabil, Jr
Unaffiliated independent scholar

Collaborative Research
Research Programs

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

Grant period:
7/1/2003 – 6/30/2004

A Tradition Recovered: Women in Italy (1540-60) and France (1700)

Four edited translations into English of works of Italian and French women writers Vittoria Colonna (1492-1547), Tullia d'Aragona (1510-1565) and Gabrielle Suchon (1631-1704). (12 months)

Six editors/translators are editing and translating four texts (three in books printed at the time of writing, one in a presentation manuscript) by women writing in Italy and France between 1540 and 1700. Two of the texts are religious, two are secular; two are written in poetry, two in prose. These four texts help make visible the existence not only of women writers but also of a female tradition of writing, certainly within national boundaries but also possibly across them. Going far beyond the "querelle des femmes" tradition, they bring female perspectives to bear in Petrarchan and epic poetry and in moral philosophy (the latter challenging the exclusion of women from education and the restriction of women's social choices either to marriage or the convent). These four translations are part of a much larger project of textual/authorial recovery approved for publication by the University of Chicago Press. The series stands now at sixty-eight volumes and promises to grow even larger.