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Lucrece and Brutus: Glory in the Land of Tender
by Madeleine De Scudéry
edited by Sharon Diane Nell
translated by Sharon Diane Nell
Iter Press, 2021
eISBN: 978-1-64959-023-7 | Paper: 978-1-64959-022-0
Library of Congress Classification PQ1922.C5E5 2021
Dewey Decimal Classification 843.4

A collection of texts by a pioneering seventeenth-century French woman author.
Comprising texts by Madeleine de Scudéry, including many from her novel Clélie, this volume focuses on the story of Lucretia, the Roman matron whose rape and suicide led to the downfall of the Roman monarchy. Through her work, Scudéry seeks to contrast the enormous cultural contributions of women with their physical vulnerability and to propose an alternative to sexual violation, as envisioned on the Map of the Land of Tender that charts an imaginary land in the novel and outlines a path toward love. In Scudéry’s version of this tale, Lucrece and her beloved, Brutus, follow the path of tender friendship. Scudéry contradicts history’s characterization of Lucrece as craving glory in the form of fame. Indeed, contrary to ancient sources, Lucrece’s glory will be her decision to sacrifice herself secretly for her tender friend.

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