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A heritage of critical eu Women's Writing deals a different survey of literature from the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Croatia, Slovakia, and Slovenia. It illustrates the advance of women's writing within the sector from the center a long time to the current day, putting person writers of their social and political context and displaying how techniques shaping their lives are mirrored of their works.

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The extremity of these theatrical re-workings is perhaps a reflection of the author’s own belief in absolute loyalty to her husband, whilst betraying her fear of his possible indiscretions during his long absences. In all, Radziwil⁄ l⁄ owa wrote 16 plays during the course of seven years (1746–53). A collection was published in 1754, collected by her chief supporter in her dramatic enterprises, Captain Jakub Fryczyn´ski, who performed the functions of both producer and actor, entitled Komedyje i tragedyje przednio-dowcipnym wynalazkiem, wybornym wiersza ksztal⁄ tem, bujnos´cia˛ rzeczy i powaz˙nymi przykl⁄ adami znamienite (Comedies and Tragedies Celebrated for their Ultra-Witty Invention, Distinguished Verse Form, Luxuriance of Themes and Serious Moral Exemplars, 1754).

Her father’s profligate mode of living occasioned high debts and, following his sudden death in 1597, his widow, son and daughter found themselves destitute. Weston and her mother went to Prague in the hope of enlisting the sympathy of the Emperor Rudolf II. Here she excelled by her learning and her Latin poems, was praised for her facility in Greek, Latin, Italian, Czech and German and corresponded with many of the leading scholars of her day. She spoke mainly German and always wrote, whether prose or verse, in Latin.

Katowice-Pszczyna, 1998 7 See studies by Karol Górski, Matka Morte˛ska, Kraków, 1971; Magdalena Morte˛ska, ‘Nauki duchowne …’, in K. ), Kierownictwo duchowe w klasztorach zen´skich w Polsce XVI–XVII wieku, Warszawa, 1980; Magdalena Morte˛ska, ‘Rozmys´lania o Me˛ce Pan´skiej’, in K. ), Pisma ascetyczno-mistyczne benedyktynek reformy chel⁄ min´skiej, Poznan´, 1937. 8 The one extant manuscript, preserved in the Biblioteka Ossolineum in Wrocl⁄ aw, consists of 320 pages, copied down by four different hands between the years 1607 and 1630.

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