Jacques Du Bosc, L'Honnete Femme: The Respectable Woman in Society and the New Collection of Letters and Responses by Contemporary Women

The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe - The Toronto Series, Vol. 31

Jacques Du Bosc, L'Honnête Femme: The Respectable Woman in Society and the New Collection of Letters and Responses by Contemporary Women

Edited by Sharon Diane Nell and Aurora Wolfgang
2014 | 350 pp. | 978-0-7727-2160-0 | Paperback 6 x 9 in
$39.95 |

OVEME v31
Edited and translated by Sharon Diane Nell and Aurora Wolfgang

I heartily recommend this translation and edition of the two works by Jacques Du Bosc. The introduction provides a solid, erudite entry to Du Bosc and his world, with a clear emphasis on the gender issues central to the Other Voice. Especially good is the detailed study ofthe reception of these works. Moreover, the translation is clear and readable. A great deal of work was required to transform the periodic sentences and paragraphs of seventeenthcentury French prose into an English work that is so readable and lucid for a contemporary reader who is not a specialist in the field. The long, informative titles to the essays and letters (already transparent in the table of contents) further situate material that can seem obscure to a contemporary reader. The informative notes, especially the biographical tags and the excellent use of Furetière to explore ambiguous or archaic phrases, illuminate a world that would otherwise seem opaque to many contemporary readers.
—Reverend John J. Conley, SJ
Knott Professor of Philosophy, Loyola University Maryland