A History of Central European Women's Writing (Studies in by Celia Hawkesworth

By Celia Hawkesworth

A heritage of valuable eu Women's Writing bargains a distinct survey of literature from the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Croatia, Slovakia, and Slovenia. It illustrates the improvement of women's writing within the zone from the center a long time to the current day, putting person writers of their social and political context and displaying how tactics shaping their lives are mirrored of their works.

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The first text discussed in this chapter dates from 1510. It is at least possible that earlier writings by women existed, but have been lost in the upheavals of war. Following the Ottoman victory at the battle of Mohács in 1526, the country was divided into three parts, with the Ottomans occupying central Hungary, including Budapest, and the largely agricultural northern and western territories under Habsburg rule. The only area enjoying a degree of independence was Transylvania. 1 It is a remarkable work, compiled from his own collection, the result of many years’ study in mainly private libraries in Transylvania where he served as pastor in remote villages and as librarian at the Calvinist college of Gyulafehérvár (now Alba Iulia).

10 Antoni Czyz˙, ‘Szkol⁄ a wolnos´ci. Proza Magdaleny Morte˛skiej’ (pp. 125–36) and ‘Mowa-z˙ywa. O Naukach duchownych Morte˛skiej’ (pp. 137–53) in A. ), S´wiatl⁄ o i sl⁄ owo. Egzystencjalne czytanie tekstów dawnych, Warszawa, 1995; Antoni Czyz˙. ‘Teksty mistyczne i ascetyczne wczesnego baroku (wokól⁄ Magdaleny Morte˛skiej)’ in B. Otwinowska and J. Pelc (eds), Przel⁄ om wieków XVI i XVII w literaturze i kulturze polskiej, Wrocl⁄ aw, 1984, pp. 230–40 11 ‘Autobiografia mistyczna M. Teresy od Jezusa karm.

9 Thomas, Alfred, The Czech Medieval Romances, Vévoda Arnosˇt and Lavryn in their Literary Context, Göppinger Arbeiten zur Germanistik, 504, Göppingen, 1989. 10 In the private missal of Archbishop Jan ze Strˇedy (c. after 1364). , II, pp. 38–9. , p. 40. 13 Listy bílé paní Rozˇmberské, edited by Anna Sky´bová, Brno, 1985. 14 Korespondence Zuzany Cˇ ernínové z Harasova s jejím synem Humprechtem Jan ˇ ernínem z Chudenic, edited by Zdeneˇk Kalista, Prague, 1941. C 2 Polish Women Authors: From the Middle Ages until 1800 Ursula Phillips The authors treated here came almost exclusively from a magnate or at least a wealthy gentry background (szlachta), since it was only at this level of society that women received any education at all.

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