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Victoria University in the University of Toronto

New Publication: Representing Heresy in Early Modern France

297 pages / Paperback / May 2017 / ISBN 978-0-7727-2187-7 / $34.95 (Price includes applicable taxes) Shipping: $5.99 CAD within North America, $21.99 CAD to Europe, and $24.99 CAD to all other International addresses; prices may vary for bulk orders


Edited By Gabriella Scarlatta and Lidia Radi

Heresy is a fluid concept, not easy to define or pinpoint, and certainly one that defies religious and political boundaries. Heresy could be said to be a cultural construct manufactured by competing narratives. The articles in this volume examine the varieties of perceptions and representations of heresy in early modern France. In so doing, they reveal that such perceptions and representations have had more of an impact on our understanding of heresy than heresy itself. This, in turn, provides us with new and stimulating viewpoints on how heresy was recognized and depicted at the intersections of faith, art, gender, poetry, history, and politics.

Advance Praise:

“This is a strong collection of essays that fields a range of fresh viewpoints on the French Reformation, often from highly original angles.”

~George Hoffmann, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

“The essays, solidly founded on close readings of printed texts and visual images, make a significant contribution to our understanding of the cultural meaning of heresy in early modern France.”

~Raymond Mentzer, University of Iowa

“The range of essays in this collection makes it clear that “heresy” is not a monolithic concept nor necessarily a permanent state, but very much in the eye of the beholder.”

~Sheila Folliott, George Madison University






Introduction—Gabriella Scarlatta and Lidia Radi

Chapter 1: Faith and Heresy

1.Heresy, Fraud, and Faith in Michel’s Le Penser de Royal MemoireLidia Radi

2.Triumphal Pageantry and the Emblematics of Heresy During the French Wars of Religion – Nicole Bensoussan

Chapter 2: Gender and Heresy

3. Queen Claude de France and her Entourage: Images of Religious Complaint and Evangelical Reform – Kathleen Wilson-Chevalier

4. Gender and the Prosecution of Heresy in the French Courts – Edith J. Benkov

Chapter III: Poetry and Heresy

5. Marot vs. Sagon: Heresy and the Gallic School, 1537 – Robert J. Hudson

6.”Le Soleil est Devenu Noir”: Picturing Heresy in Late Renaissance Love Lyric – Gabriella Scarlatta

Chapter IV: Heresy in History and Politics

7. Mapping Heresy in François De Belleforest’s Cosmographie Universelle – Kenneth B. Tarte

8.”Dites-moy un peu, Porquoy est-il Femmelle?” Representing Political Heresy at the End of the Valois Monarchy David LaGuardia

9. Is Religious Pluralism a Heresy? What can we Gather from Julian the Apostate’s and Henri IV’s Politics of Tolerance Valérie M. Dionne

Afterward Andrew Spicer

The Editors:

Lidia Radi is Associate Professor of French and Italian at the University of Richmond. Her current research deals with issues of national identity in the literature of migration, in particular in Italian-Albanian literature starting in the late sixteenth century.

Gabriella Scarlatta is Professor of French and Italian at The University of Michigan – Dearborn. Her research focuses on the Petrarchan and Neo-Petrarchan court poets, early modern women writers, and the intersection of gender and genre.

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297 pp / Paperback / May 2017 / ISBN 978-0-7727-2187-7 / $34.95 (Price includes applicable taxes, Shipping: $5.99 CAD within North America, $21.99 CAD to Europe, and $24.99 CAD to all other International addresses; prices may vary for bulk orders)

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