Anna Maria van Schurman, 'The Star of Utrecht': The by Anne R. Larsen

By Anne R. Larsen

Dutch Golden Age pupil Anna Maria van Schurman was once commonly appeared during the 17th century because the such a lot discovered lady of her age. She used to be 'The big name of Utrecht','The Dutch Minerva','The 10th Muse', 'a miracle of her sex', 'the incomparable Virgin', and 'the oracle of Utrecht'. because the first girl ever to wait a college, she used to be additionally the 1st to suggest, boldly, that girls will be admitted into universities. an excellent linguist, she mastered a few fifteen languages. She used to be the 1st Dutch lady to hunt e-book of her correspondence. Her letters in different languages Hebrew, Greek, Latin, and French – to the highbrow women and men of her time demonstrate the breadth of her pursuits in theology, philosophy, drugs, literature, numismatics, portray, sculpture, embroidery, and instrumental tune. This learn addresses Van Schurman's transformative contribution to the seventeenth-century debate on women's schooling. It analyses, first, her academic philosophy; and, moment, the transnational reception of her writings on women's schooling, relatively in France. Anne Larsen explores how, in advocating complicated studying for girls, Van Schurman challenged the academic institution of her day to permit girls to check the entire arts and the sciences. Her letters supply interesting insights into the demanding situations that scholarly girls confronted within the early glossy interval after they sought to outline themselves as intellectuals, writers, and considerate members to the social good.

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