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date: 22 September 2020

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The mastery of classical Latin and knowledge of its literary monuments enabled early modern women to play significant roles in such institutions as the convent, the literary salon, and the household academy, in contrast to the offices of the church, state, and university—from which they were barred. The exchange of learned Latin epistles, essays, polemics, and dialogues within cities and across national borders provided models for the sustaining of patronage relationships and the forging of friendships between men and women of diverse ranks and backgrounds. This chapter surveys representative Neo-Latin writings by women as products of the intellectual movements, public controversies, and the political and social institutions that influenced society and culture in the early modern age.

Keywords: feminism, querelle des femmes, education, political discourse, humanism, letters, salons, household academies

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