Christine de Pizan: Othea's Letter to Hector
182 pages, 6" x 9"
- ISBN: 9780866985772
- Published: September 2017
Othea’s Letter to Hector, one of Christine de Pizan’s most popular works, is at the same time one of her most complex creations. Combining a somewhat Sibylline verse text based on a mythological figure with extensive citation of pagan sapiential authorities, the Bible, and the Church Fathers, it showcases Christine’s extraordinary learning and her innovative approach to didacticism. An appendix provides new insights on her skillful use of patristic sources and creative command of Latin authors.
Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski and Earl Jeffrey Richards provide in this volume a smooth and readable translation of Othea’s Letter to Hector by Christine de Pizan, accompanied by a well-written introduction at the right level and complexity for an audience of non-specialists.
Chair, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, The University of Chicago