The Prodigious Muse: Women's Writing in Counter-Reformation Italy by Virginia Cox (review)

The Prodigious Muse: Women's Writing in Counter-Reformation Italy by Virginia Cox (review) 222 Reviews discusses Ovid's reception in medieval Spain, and shows that Ovid's love and mythographic texts found their fullest expression in the huge corpus of works of Alfonso the Wise. This important, well-edited book not only offers a full overview of existing scholarship but also provides many new insights into the medieval reception and transmission of Ovid, `the shape-shifting poet'. Hilary Maddocks Brunswick,VIC Cox,Virginia, The Prodigious Muse: Women's Writing in Counter-Reformation Italy, Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011; hardback; pp. 472; R.R.P. US$60.00; ISBN 9781421400327 (available through Footprint Books). Virginia Cox's The Prodigious Muse:Women's Writing in Counter-Reformation Italy is an important contribution to a field about which too little is now written and, conversely, in which women were a strong contemporary presence. As Cox notes, `The half-century from 1580 to 1630 saw the publication of more than sixty single-authored works by Italian women' (p. xi), with the CounterReformation a moment of great `confidence and assertiveness' (p. xiv), but also one in which social and cultural norms continued in `maleness'. Chapter 1 is an investigation of the Counter-Reformation contexts of Italian women writers. It sets up textual production and tradition in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries and illustrates how http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Parergon Australian & New Zealand Association of Medieval & Early Modern Studies, Inc. (ANAZAMEMS, Inc.)

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222 Reviews discusses Ovid's reception in medieval Spain, and shows that Ovid's love and mythographic texts found their fullest expression in the huge corpus of works of Alfonso the Wise. This important, well-edited book not only offers a full overview of existing scholarship but also provides many new insights into the medieval reception and transmission of Ovid, `the shape-shifting poet'. Hilary Maddocks Brunswick,VIC Cox,Virginia, The Prodigious Muse: Women's Writing in Counter-Reformation Italy, Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011; hardback; pp. 472; R.R.P. US$60.00; ISBN 9781421400327 (available through Footprint Books). Virginia Cox's The Prodigious Muse:Women's Writing in Counter-Reformation Italy is an important contribution to a field about which too little is now written and, conversely, in which women were a strong contemporary presence. As Cox notes, `The half-century from 1580 to 1630 saw the publication of more than sixty single-authored works by Italian women' (p. xi), with the CounterReformation a moment of great `confidence and assertiveness' (p. xiv), but also one in which social and cultural norms continued in `maleness'. Chapter 1 is an investigation of the Counter-Reformation contexts of Italian women writers. It sets up textual production and tradition in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries and illustrates how

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Published: Feb 14, 2012

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