Marguerite de Navarre Analysis


(Great Authors of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Cholakian, Patricia Francis. Rape and Writing in the Heptameron of Marguerite de Navarre. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1991. Provides a long-overdue feminist reading.

Clive, H. P. Marguerite de Navarre: An Annotated Bibliography. London: Grant & Cutler, 1983. A complete bibliographical overview.

Cottrell, Robert D. The Grammar of Silence: A Reading of Marguerite de Navarre’s Poetry. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 1986. Examines Marguerite’s mostly neglected devotional works.

Ferguson, Gary. Mirroring Belief: Marguerite de Navarre’s Devotional Poetry. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press for the University of Durham, 1992. Discusses Marguerite’s major works against the backdrop of her religious sentiments.

Lyons, John D., and Mary B. McKinley, eds. Critical Tales: New Studies of the Heptameron and Early Modern Culture. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1993. This essay collection engages a variety of new approaches.

Navarre, Marguerite de. Selected Writings: A Bilingual Edition. Edited and translated by Rouben Cholakian and Mary Skemp. Chicago: University of Chicago, 2008. This collection of Marguerite de Navarre looks at her poetry, fiction, and plays. It places her writing in its historical context and discusses the significance of religious, politics, and culture in her works. Each piece has its own analysis and introduction, and the editor’s notes on the text are also helpful.

O’Brien, John, and Malcolm Quainton, eds. Distant Voices Still Heard: Contemporary Readings of French Renaissance Literature. Liverpool, England: Liverpool University Press, 2000. Collects paired essays on five major authors, including Marguerite.

Polachek, Dora B. Heroic Virtue, Comic Infidelity: Reassessing Marguerite de Navarre’s Heptameron. Amherst, Mass.: Hestia Press, 1993. This essay collection engages a variety of approaches.