Christine de Pizan’s Changing Opinion
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240 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

Series: Gallica

Series Vol. Number: 4

Imprint: D.S.Brewer

Christine de Pizan's Changing Opinion

A Quest for Certainty in the Midst of Chaos

by Douglas Kelly

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Christine de Pizan's lifelong quest for certainty.

Christine de Pizan's Changing Opinion examines the evolution of Christine's thought on true and false opinion. She reflected deeply on the subject of opinion while analyzing, evaluating, challenging, and changing her own and others' opinions in her lifelong quest for certain truth. Parsing opinion in Christine's writings gives us insight into her thought on controversial issues while highlighting opinions that were and, indeed, often still are, subjective and controversial.
The first two chapters treat her definition and description of opinion, including her conception of the thinking mind and the arts by which that mind expresses thought; they also follow her changingopinion about the nature and power of fortune in the world she knew. The next three chapters treat three specific changes in her opinions on misogyny, chivalric [or courtly] love, and self-interest and enlightened self-interest in society. The last chapter relates Christine's views on opinion to recent work on subjectivity in medieval writing.


DOUGLAS KELLY is Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Introduction
Opinion as a Concept: Definition and Cognition
Opinion as a Personification: Description and Invention
Misogyny, Introspection, and Radical Opinion
Love, Reason, and Debatable Opinion
Self-Interest, Common Opinion, and Corrective Encomia
Opinion and Subjectivity
Bibliography
Index

DOUGLAS KELLY is Emeritus Professor of French and Medieval Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

"A useful survey of the breadth of Christine's work, one which draws on a wide range of her poetic and prose writings." MEDIUM AEVUM
"Kelly has succeeded in defining a major subject in Christine de Pizan studies." SPECULUM
"Replete with profoundly thoughtful and questioning readings of Christine's works, while deftly incorporating a broad command of previous scholarship." ARTHURIANA
"A rich, careful, original and well-written study." MLR, 103.3, 2008

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Title Details

240 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

Series: Gallica

Series Vol. Number: 4

Imprint: D.S.Brewer