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Selected Poems and Translations

A Bilingual Edition

Edited and Translated by Anna Klosowska
Madeleine de l’Aubespine (1546–1596), the toast of courtly and literary circles in sixteenth-century Paris, penned beautiful love poems to famous women of her day. The well-connected daughter and wife of prominent French secretaries of state, l’Aubespine was celebrated by her male peers for her erotic lyricism and scathingly original voice.

Rather than adopt the conventional self-effacement that defined female poets of the time, l’Aubespine’s speakers are sexual, dominant, and defiant; and her subjects are women who are able to manipulate, rebuke, and even humiliate men.
Unavailable in English until now and only recently identified from scattered and sometimes misattributed sources, l’Aubespine’s poems and literary works are presented here in Anna Klosowska’s vibrant translation. This collection, which features one of the first French lesbian sonnets as well as reproductions of l’Aubespine’s poetic translations of Ovid and Ariosto, will be heralded by students and scholars in literature, history, and women’s studies as an important addition to the Renaissance canon.

130 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2007

The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe

Literature and Literary Criticism: Romance Languages


Women's Studies


"This new edition is the only one gathering the poetess’ complete poetic works. It is also the first English translation. . . . [It] is very readable and will help this largely unknown female author reclaim her place next to the most famous poets of Renaissance France."

Isabelle Fernbach | H-France

Table of Contents

Series Editors’ Introduction
Volume Editor’s Introduction
Volume Editor’s Bibliography
Selected Poems
Appendix A Translation of Ovid’s Heroides, Second Epistle
Appendix B: Translation from Ariosto’s Orlando furioso, Canto 1
Series Editors’ Bibliography
Index of First Lines and Titles
General Index

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