Papp, Júlia (2014) Bevezetés. In: A zsoltártól a rózsaszín regényig. Fejezetek a magyar női művelődés történetéből. Petőfi Irodalmi Múzeum, Budapest, pp. 9-41. ISBN 978-963-9401-98-3.

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Although since the mid-19 th century Hungarian scholars and researchers have studied the history of erudition among women from many perspectives and examined the places of many prominent fi gures, little light has been shed on the role of women in the social, cultural and economic processes of past centuries. Because the nature and breadth – or narrowness – of erudition among women has always been closely tied to the positions women have held in the social division of labour, the history of women’s erudition should only be examined in light of prevailing cultural life as a whole. In order to shed more light on this area of the history of national culture, we must survey the transformations, interconnections and divisions of the roles, frameworks, opportunities and limitations of erudition among women in comparison with the erudition of the general population in various periods. Until the Age of Enlightenment, the notion of erudition among women was not sharply divided into creative endeavour on the one hand and receptive endeavour on the other: the fi rst female Hungarian poets and authors wrote religious songs or translated texts into Hungarian, much as female patrons of the arts supported the publication of religious books, thereby enriching the rituals of the pious lives that they led. At the same time, women who wrote in Hungarian or translated works written in other languages into Hungarian (which until the 18 th century was positioned on the border of scholarship in Latin) played important roles in the evolution of the language. By the turn of the 18 th -19 th centuries, women had been given an increasingly important role in the cultivation of national culture. In the preface to his famous work Hitel [ Credit ], István Széchenyi characterized them as “the guardian angels of civil virtue and national identity.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: H Social Sciences / társadalomtudományok > HN Social history and conditions. / társadalomtörténet
N Fine Arts / képzőművészet > ND Painting / festészet
Depositing User: Dr. Júlia Papp
Date Deposited: 30 Dec 2014 20:31
Last Modified: 30 Dec 2014 20:31

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