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THE CIVILIZATION OF THE RENAISSANCE IN ITALY

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« Reply #285 on: January 04, 2009, 10:35:55 pm »


             








Pizan’s participation in a literary quarrel, in 1401–1402, allowed her to move beyond the courtly circles, and ultimately to establish her status as a writer concerned with the position of women in society.

During these years, she involved herself in a renowned literary debate, the “Querelle du Roman de la Rose”.
Pizan helped to instigate this debate by beginning to question the literary merits of Jean de Meun’s the
'Romance of the Rose'.

Written in the thirteenth century, the 'Romance of the Rose' satirizes the conventions of courtly love while critically depicting women as nothing more than seducers. Pizan specifically objected to the use of vulgar terms in Jean de Meun’s allegorical poem. She argued that these terms denigrated the proper and natural function of sexuality, and that such language was inappropriate for female characters such as Madame Raison. According to Pizan, noble women did not use such language.

Her critique primarily stems from her belief that Jean de Meun was purposely slandering women through the debated text.

The debate itself is extensive and, at its end, the principal issue was no longer Jean de Meun’s literary capabilities. The principal issue had shifted to the unjust slander of women within literary texts.

This dispute helped to establish Pizan’s reputation as a female intellectual who could assert herself effectively and defend her claims in the male-dominated literary realm. Pizan continued to counter abusive literary treatments of women.
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