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Women Latin PoetsLanguage, Gender, and Authority from Antiquity to the Eighteenth Century$
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Jane Stevenson

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780198185024

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198185024.001.0001

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Anna Maria van Schurman and Other Women Scholars of Northern and Central Europe

Anna Maria van Schurman and Other Women Scholars of Northern and Central Europe

(p.336) 13 Anna Maria van Schurman and Other Women Scholars of Northern and Central Europe
Women Latin Poets

Jane Stevenson (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines poor survival rate of early modern German books. It emphasizes an increasing interest in women's capabilities and education, and discusses pietism as a movement that encouraged women's learning. It also considers educating fathers: German professors who taught their daughters Latin, and a continued use of Latin in court contexts, particularly among the Wittelsbachs, the Braunschweig-Lüneburgs, and in the Palatinate. Women published in Latin, such as Euphrosine Aue, are presented. In the Low Countries, Anna Maria van Schurman was the outstanding, but not the only example, of a multilingual woman scholar, and probably the first woman permitted to attend university (Utrecht) as a student. There were Latinate women among the Dutch petit bourgeosie, notably Elizabeth Koolaart. In the 17th century, princesses and professors' and pastors' daughters in Scandinavia began to study Latin, notably Queen Christina, Sophia Brenner, and Maria Aurora van Königsmarck. Women in the court of Luisa Maria Gonzaga, Queen of Poland, continued to cultivate Latin, notably Sophia Corbiniana, and another outstanding figure is the poet Anna Memorata.

Keywords:   early printed books, women's education, Pietism, German court, professional families, Euphrosine Aue, Anna Maria van Schurman, Queen Christina, Sophia Brenner, Luisa Maria Gonzaga

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