Women's Writing from the Low Countries 1200-1875

A Bilingual Anthology

Edited by Lia van Gemert, et al

Women's Writing from the Low Countries 1200-1875
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Edited by Lia van Gemert, et al

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

624 pages | 40 halftones | 6 3/4 x 9 | © 2010
Paper $43.50 ISBN: 9789089641298 Published July 2011 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

This landmark bilingual Dutch-English anthology introduces women’s writing in the Low Countries, the low-lying delta of the Rhine, Scheldt, and Meuse rivers, from 1200 to 1875. The Dutch and Flemish writers featured here produced work of ardent religious passion, ranging from medieval mysticism to scathing anti-Reformation polemic to pious Anabaptist reflections. Others addressed current social and political debates or demonstrated fierce feminist engagement. This survey includes a range of genres, from sonnets to social and epistolary novels, and will serve as a unique resource for the study of women’s writing throughout the ages as well as an unparalleled portrait of the emotional, social, and political worlds of female writers in the Low Countries.

Contents

Combined Dutch/English Edition

Preface and Acknowledgments
       Lia van Gemert and Herminda Joldersma

Introduction: Women's Writing from the Low Countries 1200–1875
1. Women’s Writing from the Low Countries 1200–1575
       Dieuwke van der Poel and Hermina Joldersma
2. Women’s Writing from the Low Countries 1575–1875
       Riet Schenkeveld-van der Dussen
3. Conclusion
       Lia van Gemert and Hermina Joldersma
Anthology
1. The Daring Flight of a Soaring Bird: Beatrice of Nazareth
       Wybren Scheepsma
2. The Agony and the Ecstasy of Divine Love: Hadewijch
       Dieuwke van der Poel
3. Inspired and Resolute: Alijt Bake
       Wybren Scheepsma
4. An Urban Anchoress: Berta Jacobs
       José van Aelst
5. ‘As Sister Souken was wont to say’: The Diepenveen Book of Sisters
       Wybren Scheepsma
6. ‘Some say that this book was written by a woman named Christine’: The Flemish Book of The City of Ladies
       Orlanda Lie
7. Recording Practical Experience for Posterity: Barbere Sagers
       Orlanda Lie
8. What Every Midwife Needs to Know: The Trotula
       Orlanda Lie
9. ‘Just Like a Rose in Bloom’: Women and Religious Song
       Dieuwke van der Poel
10. Word as Weapon in a Holy Mission: Anna Bijns
       Kristiaan Aercke
11. Adamant Voices from Prison: Female Anabaptists
       Hermina Joldersma
12. The Gift of Beautiful Words: Women’s Alba Amicorum
       Hermina Joldersma
13. A Blind Guide: Soetken Gerijts
       Riet Schenkeveld-van der Dussen
14. A Model of Godly Reformed Womanhood: Cornelia Teellinck
       Riet Schenkeveld-van der Dussen
15. A Staunch Catholic: Katharina Boudewijns
      Lia van Gemert
16. Poetic Wit and Self-Deprecation: Anna Roemers Visscher
       Riet Schenkeveld-van der Dussen
17. The Truest of Friends: Maria Tesselschade Roemers Visscher
       Olga van Marion
18. Choosing the Better Part: Anna Maria van Schurman
       Olga van Marion
19. Obstinately Pursuing Her Own Course: Anna Berchmans
       Lia van Gemert
20. Uncommon Communal Songs from the Brussels Beguinage: J. G. or I. G.
       Lia van Gemert
21. Anchoress and Autobiographer: Maria Petyt
       Olga van Marion
22. Contesting the Laurel Crown: Catharina Questiers and Cornelia van der Veer
       Lia van Gemert
23. Opportunities for Women in the Chambers of Rhetoric: Barbara Ogier
       Lia van Gemert
24. A Life of Books: Katharina Lescailje
       Lia van Gemert
25. Courageous and Broad-Minded: Geertruyd Gordon
       Riet Schenkeveld-van der Dussen
26. Strong and Independent: Titia Brongersma
       Lia van Gemert
27. The Mystical Songs of an Ambitious ‘Spiritual Daughter’: J(ohanna) d(e) G(avre)/ G(rave)
       Olga van Marion
28. Unorthodox in Everything: Isabella de Moerloose
       Olga van Marion
29. Victim of Distortive Editing: Elisabeth Hoofman
       Lia van Gemert
30. A Pietist Autobiography: Eva van der Groe
       Riet Schenkeveld-van der Dussen
31. Poet for the Love of Her Country: Lucretia Wilhelmina van Merken
       Olga van Marion
32. The Epitome of an Enlightenment Woman: Petronella Johanna de Timmerman
       Olga van Marion
33. At the Heart of a Student Poetry Society: Clara Feyoena van Sytzama
       Olga van Marion
34. The Unknown International Bestselling Author: Margareta Geertruid van der Werken
       Riet Schenkeveld-van der Dussen
35. Fast Friends: Elisabeth Bekker and Agatha Deken
       Riet Schenkeveld-van der Dussen
36. Writing as a Way of Life: Juliana Cornelia de Lannoy
       Lia van Gemert
37. Rural Idylls: Elisabeth Maria Post
       Riet Schenkeveld-van der Dussen
38. Love, Death and Suffering: Antonia (‘Antoinette’) Ockerse
       Riet Schenkeveld- van der Dussen
39. A Blind Beacon: Petronella Moens
       Lia van Gemert
40. A Manly Spirit in a Sickly Body: Margaretha Jacoba de Neufville
       Riet Schenkeveld-van der Dussen
41. A Pioneer of Girls’ Education: Anna Barbara Schilperoort
       Olga van Marion
42. Good Cheer at the Beguinage in Lier: Joanna Catharina Piré
       Lia van Gemert
43. The Dutch Joan of Arc: Maria Aletta Hulshoff
       Olga van Marion
44. An Everyday Patriot: Maria-Francisca Doolaeghe
       Lia van Gemert
45. Female Psychology: Elisabeth Johanna Hasebroek
       Riet Schenkeveld-van der Dussen
46. Social Criticism from the Belgian Beecher Stowe: Johanna Desideria Berchmans
       Lia van Gemert
47. Competing with the Best: Anna Louisa Geertruida Toussaint
       Riet Schenkeveld-van der Dussen
48. A Versatile Pen: Eliza Carolina Ferdinanda Schiotling
       Riet Schenkeveld-van der Dussen
49. A Witty Pioneer of Realism: Jeanette Delcroix
       Lia van Gemert
50. A Superb Duo: Rosalie Loveling and Virginei Loveling
       Lia van Gemert

Bibliography
Index of Names and Subjects
Index of Titles and First Lines
Illustrations
Notes on the Editors, Contributors and Translators

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