Rewrite history, make history. Woman as subject in Christine de Pizan and Margaret Cavendish

Paola Rudan


In The City of Ladies and Bell in Campo, Christine de Pizan and Margaret Cavendish imagine women’s participation to war as a metaphor of the sexual conflict that they must fight in order to conquer their visibility in history. While Pizan rewrites history from women’s stand point and acknowledges the universal value of sexual difference for the plan of salvation, Cavendish moves within a modern frame and thinks history as the result of human action. In both cases, the tale of women’s participation to war allows criticizing the moral and normative implications of «nature».



Christine de Pizan; Margaret Cavendish; Sexual difference; Nature; History

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DOI: 10.6092/issn.1825-9618/6202


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