Helisenne de Crenne

Pollie Bromilow (University of Liverpool)
Download PDF Add to Bookshelf Report an Error

Helisenne de Crenne (1500?-1552?) is an important figure in French women's writing in that she is one of the very few women from the early half of the sixteenth century whose works were printed and survive to us. She was a pioneer of Renaissance feminism and was one of the first sixteenth-century female authors to put in print women's claim to intellectual equality with men and openly challenge received wisdom which disenfranchised women from education and the practice of writing. Equally innovatively, the female experience of love also emerges as a strong theme in her work, which contrasted strongly to the courtly love tradition where women were more frequently the objects of the male gaze rather than speaking subjects in their own right. Her success as a writer is shown by the fact that…

1198 words

Citation: Bromilow, Pollie. "Helisenne de Crenne". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 March 2008 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=12037, accessed 22 April 2024.]

12037 Helisenne de Crenne 1 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

Save this article

If you need to create a new bookshelf to save this article in, please make sure that you are logged in, then go to your 'Account' here

Leave Feedback

The Literary Encyclopedia is a living community of scholars. We welcome comments which will help us improve.