E491 CHRISTINE DE PIZAN QUESTIONS

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Assigned: from Book of the City of Ladies (263-71).

From Book of the City of Ladies

1. On 265-66, what concrete method of opposing misogynistic treatises does de Pizan describe? If you find it compelling, what exactly is compelling in this author's self-representation?

2. On 266-69, what is the "city of ladies" that Lady Reason tells Christine de Pizan to begin building -- of what is it composed, and how is it to be built? Why do you think de Pizan has chosen to set forth her case against misogyny with an architectural metaphor -- what provenance and connotations might work to her advantage here?

3. On 269-70, what examples does de Pizan offer by way of opposing the common medieval notion that it's not beneficial to educate a woman? What makes these examples rhetorically effective? In responding, take into account de Pizan's concluding remarks about her father and mother.

Edition: Leitch, Vincent B., ed. The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism. 1st ed. New York: Norton, 2001. ISBN 0-393-97429-4.