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The Other Voice

in Early Modern Europe


In early modern Europe (about 1400 to about 1700), women began to write and sometimes publish in their native languages, and their writing established the presence of female voices for the first time in world history. They wrote in many genres (dialogues, essays, letters, plays, poems, treatises) and in their native languages—Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Latin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Ukrainian. At the same time, they pressed for a wider recognition of women’s intellectual and moral capacities, a campaign in which they were joined by a few male advocates and defenders.

The series “The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe,” Margaret L. King and Albert Rabil, Jr., founding co-editors, established itself at the University of Chicago Press where, between 1996 and 2010, 60 volumes were published in the series. As the Chicago list reached its end the editors found a new publisher at the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies (CRRS) and Iter, both at the University of Toronto. Titles that had been on the Chicago list were moved to the Toronto list and Elizabeth H. Hageman was appointed as a third co-editor, responsible for developing a list of English texts for the series. The Toronto list currently stands at 124 titles, and the combined Chicago and Toronto lists at 184 titles, the vast majority by women.  The first CRRS/Iter series publication appeared in late 2009. As of December 1, 2014, 35 volumes have been published, and there are 7 volumes at various stages in press. This website lists all books from both series. As books are published their cover images are added. Clicking on a cover image makes possible the ordering of the corresponding book.

The bibliography on early modern women that previously appeared here has now been superseded by two online resources specializing in Renaissance topics. Simple searches will bring users to ample material on women in culture and society:

introduction to the series

HER IMMACULATE HAND: SELECTED WORKS BY AND ABOUT THE WOMEN HUMANISTS OF QUATTROCENTO ITALY, ed. and trans. Margaret L. King and Albert Rabil, Jr., 1983; rev. ed. 1992
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