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L’Honnête Femme

The Respectable Woman in Society and the New Collection of Letters and Responses by Contemporary Women

Edited and Translated by Sharon Diane Nell and Aurora Wolfgang

Distributed for Iter Press

L’Honnête Femme

The Respectable Woman in Society and the New Collection of Letters and Responses by Contemporary Women

Edited and Translated by Sharon Diane Nell and Aurora Wolfgang
I heartily recommend this translation and edition of the two works by Jacques Du Bosc. The introduction provides a solid, erudite entry to Du Bosc and his world, with a clear emphasis on the gender issues central to the Other Voice. Especially good is the detailed study ofthe reception of these works. Moreover, the translation is clear and readable. A great deal of work was required to transform the periodic sentences and paragraphs of seventeenthcentury French prose into an English work that is so readable and lucid for a contemporary reader who is not a specialist in the field. The long, informative titles to the essays and letters (already transparent in the table of contents) further situate material that can seem obscure to a contemporary reader. The informative notes, especially the biographical tags and the excellent use of Furetière to explore ambiguous or archaic phrases, illuminate a world that would otherwise seem opaque to many contemporary readers.
—Reverend John J. Conley, SJ
Knott Professor of Philosophy, Loyola University Maryland
 

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"I heartily recommend this translation and edition of the two works by Jacques Du Bosc. The introduction provides a solid, erudite entry to Du Bosc and his world, with a clear emphasis on the gender issues central to the Other Voice. Especially good is the detailed study of the reception of these works. Moreover, the translation is clear and readable. A great deal of work was required to transform the periodic sentences and paragraphs of seventeenth century French prose into an English work that is so readable and lucid for a contemporary reader who is not a specialist in the field. The long, informative titles to the essays and letters (already transparent in the table of contents) further situate material that can seem obscure to a contemporary reader. The informative notes, especially the biographical tags and the excellent use of Furetière to explore ambiguous or archaic phrases, illuminate a world that would otherwise seem opaque to many contemporary readers."

Reverend John J. Conley, SJ, Loyola University Maryland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xvii
Introduction 1
L’Honnête femme: The Respectable Woman in Society. Selected Essays (1632–36) Part One 41
Part Two 112
Part Three 163
New Collection of Letters and Responses from Contemporary Women (1635) 195
Appendix: Complete Tables of Contents of Selected Editions of L’Honnête femme 305
Bibliography 311
Index 323

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