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Editing: The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe

Christine de Pizan


In early modern Europe (from about 1400 to about 1700), women established themselves for the first time as writers in a wide variety of genres, from letters, poetry, drama, and novels to scientific, philosophical, and religious works. They were indeed "the other voice," a necessary counterbalance and source of wisdom in a patriarchal society. As women's rights advocates and political activists, they were feminists (or "proto-feminists") long before feminism became a recognized movement.

Christine de Pizan (1364-ca. 1430), shown at left, is perhaps the epitome of the early modern woman writer; widowed at a young age with three children and her mother to support, she turned to writing to make a living and is considered to be the first professional woman writer in European history. Her oeuvre, which is considerable, is notable for her vigorous defences of women and women's rights, and her attack on the misogyny of the popular Romance of the Rose.

A series of scholarly editions and translations to make early modern women's writings available in English, often for the first time, was established just before the turn of the millennium by founding co-editors Margaret L. King and Albert Rabil, Jr. Between 1996 and 2010, the first sixty volumes of this series, The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe, were published by the University of Chicago Press. The co-editors then reached an arrangement to continue the publishing program with new partners at the University of Toronto: Iter Inc., based in the Robarts Library complex, and the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies (CRRS) at Victoria University. The first Toronto Series monograph was published in late 2009, and by the end of 2014 thirty-five titles had appeared. In January 2015, the series co-editors entered into a new arrangement with Iter and the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS). A list of all Toronto Series volumes, both published and planned, can be viewed online.

I edited my first volume in the Toronto Series — a collection of writings in French about the formidable queen Catherine de Médicis — in 2014. Since then, I have edited one English work, as well as translations from Latin, Spanish, and Italian; among the other French volumes I have edited are three works by Christine de Pizan. I have also indexed two volumes: Portraits of the Queen Mother (Catherine de Médicis) and Convent Paradise, one of several works by the outspoken Venetian nun Arcangela Tarabotti. Needless to say, each volume has given me fresh insights into women's lives at a turbulent time in world history, and the many ways in which they took up their pens to educate, enlighten, or entertain.


Forthcoming Volumes

  • Marie Gigault de Bellefonds, Marquise de Villars, Letters from Spain, ed. and trans. Nathalie Hester

  • Anna Maria van Schurman, Letters and Poems to and from her Mentor and Other Members of her Circle, ed. Anne Larsen and Steve Maiullo

  • Christine de Pizan, The God of Love's Letter and The Tale of the Rose, ed. and trans. Thelma S. Fenster and Christine Reno

Published Volumes

Convent Paradise Othea's Letter
to Hector
Love Enamored
and Driven Mad
Beauty and the Beast:
The Original Story
Mirtilla, a Pastoral

  • Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, Beauty and the Beast: The Original Story, ed. and trans. Aurora Wolfgang, The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe (Toronto series) 74 (Toronto: Iter Press; Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2020)

  • Arcangela Tarabotti, Convent Paradise, ed. and trans. Meredith K. Ray and Lynn Lara Westwater, The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe (Toronto series) 73 (Toronto: Iter Press; Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2020) [also indexed]

    From the editors, Convent Paradise:
    "Cheryl Lemmens copyedited the volume meticulously and enriched it with her knowledge and insight."
              – Acknowledgments, page xxi

  • Lucrezia Marinella, Love Enamored and Driven Mad, ed. and trans. Janet E. Gomez and Maria Galli Stampino, The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe (Toronto series) 72 (Toronto: Iter Press; Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2020)

  • Margaret Fell, Women's Speaking Justified and Other Pamphlets, ed. Jane Donawerth and Rebecca M. Lush, The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe (Toronto series) 65 (Toronto: Iter Press; Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2018)

  • Isabella Andreini, Mirtilla, a Pastoral, ed. and introd. Valeria Finucci, trans. Julia Kisacky, The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe (Toronto series) 62 (Toronto: Iter Press; Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2018)

    From the editor and translator, Mirtilla, a Pastoral:
    "We would like to thank ... the most enlightened copy-editor we have ever encountered, Cheryl Lemmens, who gave us brilliant suggestions ..."
              – Acknowledgments, page xiv

  • Christine de Pizan, Othea's Letter to Hector, trans. and introd. Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski and Earl Jeffrey Richards, The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe (Toronto series) 57 (Toronto: Iter Press; Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2017)

    The Wealth of Wives Claudine de Tencin:
    Two Novels
    The Mutability of Fortune Portraits of
    the Queen Mother
    Women Playwrights of
    Early Modern Spain

  • Christine de Pizan, The Book of the Mutability of Fortune, trans. and abr. Geri L. Smith, The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe (Toronto series) 52 (Toronto: Iter Press; Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2017)

    From the translator, The Book of the Mutability of Fortune:
    "Particular thanks are due to Cheryl Lemmens for her many insightful suggestions."
              – Acknowledgments, page xv

  • Nieves Romero-Díaz and Lisa Vollendorf, ed., Feliciana Enríquez de Guzmán, Ana Caro Mallén, and Sor Marcela de San Félix: Women Playwrights of Early Modern Spain, trans. and annot. Harley Erdman, The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe (Toronto series) 49 (Toronto: Iter Press; Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2016)

    From the editors, Women Playwrights of Early Modern Spain:
    "We also are indebted to some of the great translators of Spanish texts, ... as well as to the anonymous reader and our erudite copy editor, Cheryl Lemmens, both of whom helped improve the manuscript immeasurably."
              – Acknowledgments, page xi

  • Claudine-Alexandrine Guérin de Tencin, Memoirs of the Count of Comminge and The Misfortunes of Love, ed. and trans. Jonathan Walsh, The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe (Toronto series) 48 (Toronto: Iter Academic Press; Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2016)

  • Francesco Barbaro, The Wealth of Wives: A Fifteenth-Century Marriage Manual, ed. and trans. Margaret L. King, The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe (Toronto series) 42 (Toronto: Iter Academic Press; Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2015)

  • Leah L. Chang and Katherine Kong, ed. and trans., Portraits of the Queen Mother: Polemics, Panegyrics, Letters – Catherine de Médicis and Others, The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe (Toronto series) 35 (Toronto: Iter Inc. and Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2014) [also indexed]

    From the editors, Portraits of the Queen Mother:
    "Cheryl Lemmens was an exemplary copyeditor and indexer."
              – Acknowledgments, page xi


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