337. More Rare Than the Phoenix: Italian Women Humanists

Posted on 1 December 2019

Cassandra Fedele, Isotta Nogarola, and Laura Cereta seek fame and glory through eloquence and learning.

Further Reading

• M.L. King and A. Rabil (trans.), Her Immaculate Hand: Selected Works By and About the Women Humanists of Quattrocento Italy (Binghamton: 1983).

• M.L. King and D. Robin (trans.), Isotta Nogarola: Complete Writings. Letterbook, Dialogue on Adam and Eve, Orations (Chicago: 2004).

• D. Robin (trans.), Laura Cereta: Collected Letters of a Renaissance Feminist (Chicago: 1997).

• D. Robin (trans.), Cassandra Fedele: Letters and Orations (Chicago: 2000).


• M. Borelli, "The Fruit of Knowledge: To Bite or not to Bite? Isotta Nogarola on Eve’s Sin and Its Scholastic Sources," in I. Chouinard et al. (eds), Women's Perspectives on Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (Berlin: 2021), 321-41.

• J.R. Brink (ed.), Female Scholars: A Tradition of Learned Women before 1800 (Montreal: 1980).

• L. Jardine, “Isotta Nogarola: Women Humanists – Education for What?” History of Education 12 (1983), 231-44.

• M.L. King, Humanism, Venice and Women: Essays on the Italian Renaissance (Aldershot: 2005).

• L. Panizza (ed.), Women in Italian Renaissance Culture and Society (Oxford: 2000).

• D. Robin et al. (eds), Encyclopedia of Women in the Renaissance: Italy, France and England (Santa Barbara: 2007).

Italian Women Writers: a web resource at the University of Chicago


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