University of Chicago Press, 2006
Awarded Honorable Mention for Most Significant Book Published in the Field of Early Modern Womens Studies in 2006, Society for the Study of Early Modern Women
A gorgeous, passionate, and formally virtuosic translation of the complete work of France's first feminist poet. Poetry translated by Annie Finch and prose translated by Deborah Lesko Baker.
Thanks to her acclaimed volume of poetry and prose published in France in 1555, Louise Labé (1522-66) remains one of the most important and influential women writers of the Continental Renaissance. Best known for her passionate feminist love sonnets, Labé played off the Petrarchan male tradition with wit and irony, and her elegies respond with lyric skill to predecessors such as Sappho and Ovid.
“In their bilingual edition of Louise Labé’s prose and poetry, Deborah Lesko Baker and Annie Finch offer scholars, students, and teachers an elegant, much-awaited, and long overdue critical translation of one of the most important women writers of the French sixteenth century.” – Leah Chang, H-France Review
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