Apology for the Woman Writing and Other Works
This volume presents translations of four of Gournay's works that address feminist issues. Two of these appear here in English for the first time—The Promenade of Monsieur de Montaigne and The Apology for the Woman Writing. One of the first modern psychological novels, the best-selling Promenade was also the first to explore female sexual feeling. With the autobiographical Apology, Gournay defended every aspect of her life, from her moral conduct to her household management. The book also includes Gournay's last revisions (1641) of her two best-known feminist treatises, The Equality of Men and Women and The Ladies' Complaint. The editors provide a general overview of Gournay's career, as well as individual introductions and extensive annotations for each work.
By Margaret L. King and Albert Rabil, Jr.
Introduction to Marie le Jars de Gournay (1565-1645)
The Promenade of Monsieur de Montaigne (1594)
The Printer to the Reader
The Promenade of Monsieur de Montaigne
The Equality of Men and Women (1641)
The Equality of Men and Women
The Ladies' Complaint (1641)
The Ladies' Complaint
Apology for the Woman Writing (1641)
Apology for the Woman Writing