Women Latin Poets addresses women's relationship to culture between the first century B. C. and the eighteenth century A. D. by studying women's poetry in Latin. Based entirely on original archival research in twelve countries, Stevenson recovers an aspect of history often deemed not to exist: women who achieved public recognition in their own time, sometimes to a startling extent. Presenting, often for the first time, the work of more than three hundred women Latin
poets, all translated and included in a comprehensive finding guide, Women Latin Poets substantially revises received opinion on women's participation in, and relation to, elite culture. The sheer number of female Latin poets will require women's historians to completely re-evaluate the idea that
all women had 'no access to education' before the nineteenth century.
Jane Stevenson is Reader in Post-Classical Latin and Renaissance Studies at the University of Aberdeen and co-editor, with Peter Davidson, of Early Modern Women Poets: An Anthology (Oxford University Press, 2001).
Introduction ; 1. Classical Latin Women Poets ; 2. Epigraphy as a Source for Early Imperial Women's Verse ; 3. Women and Latin Poetry in Late Antiquity ; 4. Women Poets in Early Medieval Europe ; 5. Women and Latin Verse in the High Middle Ages ; 6. Italy: Renaissance Women Scholars ; 7. Women and Latin in Renaissance France ; 8. Women Latin Poets in Spain and Portugal ; 9. Women Latinists of the Renaissance in Northern and Central Europe ; 10. Women Latinists in Sixteenth-Century England ; 11. Italian Women Poets of the Sixteenth Century and After ; 12. French women Latinists in the 'Grand Siecle' ; 13. Anna Maria van Schurman and Other Women Scholars of Northern and Central Europe ; 14. Women and Latin in Early Modern England ; 15. The New World ; Bibliographies