The Visionary Queen: Justice, Reform, and the Labyrinth in Marguerite de Navarre (EARLY MODERN FEMINISMS) (Paperback)

The Visionary Queen: Justice, Reform, and the Labyrinth in Marguerite de Navarre (EARLY MODERN FEMINISMS) By Theresa Brock Cover Image
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The Visionary Queen affirms Marguerite de Navarre’s status not only as a political figure, author, or proponent of nonschismatic reform but also as a visionary. In her life and writings, the queen of Navarre dissected the injustices that her society and its institutions perpetuated against women. We also see evidence that she used her literary texts, especially the Heptaméron, as an exploratory space in which to generate a creative vision for institutional reform. The Heptaméron’s approach to reform emerges from statistical analysis of the text’s seventy-two tales, which reveals new insights into trends within the work, including the different categories of wrongdoing by male, institutional representatives from the Church and aristocracy, as well as the varying responses to injustice that characters in the tales employ as they pursue reform. Throughout its chapters, The Visionary Queen foregrounds the trope of the labyrinth, a potent symbol in early modern Europe that encapsulated both the fallen world and redemption, two themes that underlie Marguerite's project of reform.

About the Author


Theresa Brock is Assistant Professor of French Studies at Smith College. She received her PhD from Penn State and has published articles on women writers, literary genre, and religious studies in the early modern era, with particular emphasis on the sixteenth century. 


Product Details
ISBN: 9781644533086
ISBN-10: 1644533081
Publisher: University of Delaware Press
Publication Date: October 13th, 2023
Pages: 238
Language: English
Series: EARLY MODERN FEMINISMS