By Celia Hawkesworth

A heritage of valuable ecu Women's Writing bargains a different survey of literature from the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Croatia, Slovakia, and Slovenia. It illustrates the improvement of women's writing within the quarter from the center a while to the current day, putting person writers of their social and political context and displaying how tactics shaping their lives are mirrored of their works.

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It is very direct, in its open portrayal of emotions, of relations between men and women, of family jealousies and tensions, with the author’s personality clearly coming through as independent and determined. Furthermore, the work tells us much about the everyday life, customs and culture of prosperous szlachta families in the second half of the seventeenth century. We also learn about the historical background, the wars in which two of her husbands perished, as well as further facts concerning Stanisl⁄ awska’s own life and family, from the extra notes added in prose in the margins.

13 With the recent discovery of Petroczy and Bethlen, there are grounds to hope that there may be others, as yet unknown, to be discovered by future generations. p. 1766 (1767) 2 Péter Bod, Magyar Athenas, Budapest, 1982, p. 246. 3 Kata Bethlen, Önéletírása, final section published by András Markos, Irodalomtörténeti Közlemények, Budapest, 1970, pp. 67–75. 4 This was a compilation or anthology. 5 Péter Bod, op. , p. 362. 6 János Horváth, A magyar mu˝veltség kezdetei, Budapest, 1944, pp. 139–40.

But, with the rise of the Counter-Reformation, this climate of tolerance came to an end. Henceforth there would be little evidence of women writers in Bohemia until the consolidation of the so-called National Revival in the nineteenth century. Nevertheless, the important phenomenon of Czech women writers in this period and the equally central role of women’s writing in contemporary Czech literature have their roots in an ancient and illustrious pedigree of medieval and early modern literacy. Notes 1 For the most recent research on women in medieval Bohemia and Moravia (with an up-to-date bibliography), see Bozˇena Kopicˇková, Historické prameny k studiu postavenı´ zˇeny v cˇeské a moravské strˇedoveˇké spolecˇnosti, Prague, 1992.

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