An Empire of Her Own

in Dido's Daughters

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780226243115
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226243184 | DOI:
An Empire of Her Own

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This chapter explores how Marguerite de Navarre depicted literacy as reformation and translation in her book Heptaméron. It suggests that de Navarre appropriated both oral and written materials to construct an imperialist ideological project of her own and she was able to open and mystify lines of communication among women across generational and class lines. This chapter argues that de Navarre's decision to recreate Marguerite Porete's literary and historical example for new political and theological uses is crucial to her revisionary project of imperial mapping.

Keywords: Marguerite de Navarre; literacy; reformation; Heptaméron; Marguerite Porete; imperial mapping

Chapter.  22148 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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