By Anne R. Larsen

Dutch Golden Age student Anna Maria van Schurman was once generally looked during the 17th century because the so much discovered lady of her age. She was once 'The superstar 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 school, she was once additionally the 1st to recommend, boldly, that girls could be admitted into universities. an excellent linguist, she mastered a few fifteen languages. She was once the 1st Dutch lady to hunt e-book of her correspondence. Her letters in numerous languages Hebrew, Greek, Latin, and French – to the highbrow women and men of her time exhibit the breadth of her pursuits in theology, philosophy, medication, literature, numismatics, portray, sculpture, embroidery, and instrumental song. This examine 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, quite in France. Anne Larsen explores how, in advocating complex studying for girls, Van Schurman challenged the academic institution of her day to permit girls to review the entire arts and the sciences. Her letters supply interesting insights into the demanding situations that scholarly ladies confronted within the early sleek interval after they sought to outline themselves as intellectuals, writers, and considerate members to the social good.

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