Marie le Jars De Gournay Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))


Ilsley, Marjorie H. A Daughter of the Renaissance: Marie le Jars de Gournay, Her Life and Works The Hague: Mouton, 1963, 317 p.

Seminal English-language biography of de Gournay.


Bijvoet, Maya. “Marie de Gournay: Editor of Montaigne. In Women Writers of Seventeenth Century, edited by Katharina M. Wilson and Frank J. Warnke, pp. 3-29. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1989.

Provides an overview of de Gournay's life and work and reprints excerpts from The Equality of Men and Women and The Ladies' Grievance.

Bauschatz, Cathleen M. “Marie de Gournay's ‘Préface de 1595’: A Critical Evaluation.” Bulletin de la societe des amis de Montaigne 3-4, nos. 3-4 (January-June 1986): 73-82.

Analyzes the textual history of de Gournay's “Préface,” its critical reception, and its significance as an introduction to Montaigne's Essais.

Sankovitch, Tilde A. “Marie le Jars de Gournay: The Self-Portrait of an Androgynous Hero.” In French Women Writers and the Book: Myths of Access and Desire, pp. 73-99. Syracuse, N.Y.: Syracuse University Press, 1988.

Asserts that de Gournay creates a mythical “autoportrait” in her autobiographical works in which she projects herself as an androgynous hero who conquers gender barriers and narrow-minded misogynistic critics.

Additional information on de Gournay's life and career is contained in the following source published by the Gale Group: Feminist Writers.