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Author Pal, Carol, author.

Title Republic of women : rethinking the republic of letters in the seventeenth century / by Carol Pal
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012
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Series Ideas in context ; 99
Ideas in context ; 99
Contents Introduction : The Republic of Women and the republic of letters -- Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia : an ephemeral academy at The Hague in the 1630s -- Anna Maria van Schurman : the birth of an intellectual network -- Marie de Gournay, Marie du Moulin, and Anna Maria van Schurman : constructing intellectual kinship -- Dorothy Moore of Dublin : an expanding network in the 1640s -- Katherine Jones, Lady Ranelagh : many networks, one ̀̀incomparablé́ instrument -- Bathsua Makin : female scholars and the reformation of learning -- Endings : the closing of doors
Summary Republic of Women recaptures a lost chapter in the narrative of intellectual history. It tells the story of a transnational network of female scholars who were active members of the seventeenth-century republic of letters and demonstrates that this intellectual commonwealth was a much more eclectic and diverse assemblage than has been assumed. These seven scholars - Anna Maria van Schurman, Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia, Marie de Gournay, Marie du Moulin, Dorothy Moore, Bathsua Makin and Katherine Jones, Lady Ranelagh - were philosophers, schoolteachers, reformers and mathematicians. They hailed from England, Ireland, Germany, France and The Netherlands. And together with their male colleagues - men like Descartes, Huygens, Hartlib and Montaigne - they represented the spectrum of contemporary approaches to science, faith, politics and the advancement of learning. Carol Pal uses their collective biography to reconfigure the intellectual biography of early modern Europe, offering a new, expanded analysis of the seventeenth-century community of ideas
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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American Historical Association Joan Kelly Memorial Prize, 2013
Subject Literature -- Women authors -- History and criticism
Women -- Intellectual life -- 17th century
Women scholars -- History
Literature and society -- History -- 17th century
Literature and society.
Literature -- Women authors.
Women -- Intellectual life.
Women scholars.
Literarisches Leben
Lärda kvinnor -- intellektuella -- nätverk -- Europa -- 1600-talet.
Kvinnliga författare -- historia.
Intellektuellt liv.
Kvinnliga forskare -- historia.
Litteratur och samhälle -- historia.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781139424035