Reclaiming Catherine Of Siena: Literacy, Literature, And The Signs Of Others by Jane TylusReclaiming Catherine Of Siena: Literacy, Literature, And The Signs Of Others by Jane Tylus

Reclaiming Catherine Of Siena: Literacy, Literature, And The Signs Of Others

byJane Tylus

Paperback | January 23, 2018

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Catherine of Siena (1347–1380) wrote almost four hundred epistles in her lifetime, effectively insinuating herself into the literary, political, and theological debates of her day. At the same time, as the daughter of a Sienese dyer, Catherine had no formal education, and her accomplishments were considered miracles rather than the work of her own hand. As a result, she has been largely excluded from accounts of the development of European humanism and the language and literature of Italy. Reclaiming Catherine ofSiena makes the case for considering Catherine alongside literary giants such as Dante and Petrarch, as it underscores Catherine's commitment to using the vernacular to manifest Christ's message—and her own.
Jane Tylus charts here the contested struggles of scholars over the centuries to situate Catherine in the history of Italian culture in early modernity. But she mainly focuses on Catherine’s works, calling attention to the interplay between orality and textuality in the letters and demonstrating why it was so important for Catherine to envision herself as a writer. Tylus argues for a reevalution of Catherine as not just a medieval saint, but one of the major figures at the birth of the Italian literary canon.
Jane Tylus is professor of Italian studies and vice provost for academic affairs at New York University, where she also sits on the faculty of comparative literature. She is the author of Writing and Vulnerability in the Late Renaissance.   
Title:Reclaiming Catherine Of Siena: Literacy, Literature, And The Signs Of OthersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:344 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:January 23, 2018Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022652910X

ISBN - 13:9780226529103

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
Girolamo Gigli's Burning Books
Heroes, Villains, and a Frenchman
Vernacular Voices of the Donna: Pisa
Writing and Presence: The Val d'Orcia
The Idea of the Book: Rome

Editorial Reviews

“Tylus’s book convincingly demonstrates Catherine’s respect for writing. The book is also scholarly, mentioning many relevant studies. . . . A thoughtful and original study.”