By Mirjam De Baar, Brita Rang (auth.), Mirjam De Baar, Machteld Löwensteyn, Marit Monteiro, A. Agnes Sneller (eds.)
Anna Maria van Schurman was once in additional than one point an unconventional lady in her personal lifetime. As a proficient pupil in lots of international and old languages, in addition to in philosophy and theology, she corresponded with different realized women and men everywhere Europe. She completed foreign renown for her personal defence of scholarly task of ladies. lifestyles and paintings of this Dutch femme savante of the seventeenth Century has so far been studied by way of theologians, philosophers, literary students, historians, pedagogues and paintings historians, every one focusing on particular elements of Van Schurman's biography or paintings. a slightly fragmented snapshot of this student used to be the end result.
This interdependent number of essays describes the existence and paintings of Anna Maria van Schurman from an interdisciplinary - or really multidisciplinary - process and should define a extra built-in but while subtly differentiated photo. 9 contributions - from the disciplines of philosophy, theology, Dutch language and literature, highbrow and paintings background, and women's reviews - partially in response to new resource fabric, make clear Van Schurman's principles on erudition and femininity, ethics and philosophy, in addition to on her non secular ideals, in the context of the early glossy highbrow group to which she belonged.
Audience: This number of essays will for this reason command the curiosity not just of historians, but additionally of students and scholars in theology, philosophy, artwork heritage, and women's studies.
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Extra resources for Choosing the Better Part: Anna Maria van Schurman (1607–1678)
Her conversion to Labadism led her to doubt whether scholarship was of any value at all. She wrote of a break with her scholarly past and saw herself as no longer having any connection with current thinking. This is the subject of the section Learning in development. LEARNING AND FEMININITY The controversy Anna Maria van Schurman's short Dissertatio (a discourse in which arguments for and against are assembled) and her letters on whether study was a fitting pursuit for a Christian woman had brought her international celebrity.
89 Bovenschen, Die imaginierte Weiblichkeit (1979) pp. 84-110. 90 Rang, 'Een maeght' (1986). 91 Spies, 'Charlotte de Huybert' (1986). 20 M. de Baar and B. '92 The renewal of interest in Anna Maria van Schurman also led to a certain fragmentation of the image because interest increasingly diverged into specific facets of her life and work that had thus far been neglected. 93 She has also been studied as a female philosopher,94 and her poems in Dutch have been examined. 95 Lastly, since the end of the nineteen-eighties there has been growing interest in the field of women's studies in the continuity and discontinuity in the life and work of Anna Maria van Schurman.
Might the contradictions we have identified have something to do with the fact that Van Schurman was a woman? The debate about women and learning - which she stimulated - has to be our starting point if we want to throw some light on this issue. How (in exchanges of ideas with others) did she develop her views? What sort of criticism did she provoke? The second complex of questions relates to Van Schurman's place in the seventeenth-century scholarly world. After all, she corresponded with scholars and thought about gender-specific, linguistic and theological issues in an age marked by far-reaching changes in the field of scholarship.
Choosing the Better Part: Anna Maria van Schurman (1607–1678) by Mirjam De Baar, Brita Rang (auth.), Mirjam De Baar, Machteld Löwensteyn, Marit Monteiro, A. Agnes Sneller (eds.)