Session Title

Just and Unjust Political Power in Christine's Time

Sponsoring Organization(s)

International Christine de Pizan Society, North American Branch

Organizer Name

Benjamin M. Semple

Organizer Affiliation

Gonzaga Univ.

Presider Name

Benjamin M. Semple

Paper Title 1

Reacting and Christine: Examining Medieval Women's Power through the Querelle de la Rose in a Reacting to the Past Classroom

Presenter 1 Name

Jennifer C. Edwards

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Manhattan College

Paper Title 2

The Hebrews Who Were Christians: Christine de Pizan and Political Theology

Presenter 2 Name

Thelma Fenster

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Fordham Univ.

Paper Title 3

Language and Model Authors: Christine de Pizan Corrects Unjust Political Power

Presenter 3 Name

Kevin Brownlee

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Univ. of Pennsylvania

Paper Title 4

The Good Ruler: Utopia or Possibility? The Political Theory in Christine de Pizan

Presenter 4 Name

Eleonora Masci

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Independent Scholar

Start Date

9-5-2020 1:30 PM

Session Location

Schneider 1140

Description

Writing in a time of political turmoil, Christine de Pizan often reflects in her works on the nature of political power, how it functions within the structures of a state, how it is distributed, and how to exercise it. She authored explicit political treatises such as The Book of the Body Politic and The Book of Peace, important texts in the “Mirror for Princes” genre; in other works, such as her biography of Charles V, she addresses political power more implicitly. This session seeks to explore late medieval views of just versus unjust political power, not only in Christine de Pizan but also in the thought of her contemporaries. The papers in this section may (but are by no means required to) draw parallels with contemporary notions of just and unjust political power. Benjamin M. Semple

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May 9th, 1:30 PM

Just and Unjust Political Power in Christine's Time

Schneider 1140

Writing in a time of political turmoil, Christine de Pizan often reflects in her works on the nature of political power, how it functions within the structures of a state, how it is distributed, and how to exercise it. She authored explicit political treatises such as The Book of the Body Politic and The Book of Peace, important texts in the “Mirror for Princes” genre; in other works, such as her biography of Charles V, she addresses political power more implicitly. This session seeks to explore late medieval views of just versus unjust political power, not only in Christine de Pizan but also in the thought of her contemporaries. The papers in this section may (but are by no means required to) draw parallels with contemporary notions of just and unjust political power. Benjamin M. Semple