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"This collection of works by Franciszka Urszula Radziwillowa opens a window onto the world of a remarkable eighteenth-century Polish noblewoman. Fluent in French, Radziwillowa produced some of the first translations of Molière into Polish - but also wrote dramas of her own and composed lyric poems which evade the Baroque conventions of the day in order to strike notes of confessional intimacy well in advance of their time. Barbara Judkowiak’s selection of her works, here presented in Patrick John Corness’s fluidly idiomatic translations, provides an excellent portrait of Princess Radziwillowa’s keen and restless mind."

Thomas Seifrid
Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Southern California

This edition presents, for the first time in English, a selection from the repertoire of the first Polish woman dramatist, Princess Franciszka Urszula Radziwillowa (1705–1753), with a historical-biographical Introduction incorporating interpretations of her works. Radziwillowa’s plays treated complex issues concerning intimate relationships. In her poetry she explored new, very personal, means of expression for intimate declarations, in a form of language capable of conveying the emotional distress that could not find expression under existing conventions.

PATRICK JOHN CORNESS is Visiting Professor of Translation at Coventry University, England, and Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Translation Studies, University of Leeds.

BARBARA JUDKOWIAK is Professor of Polish Literature at Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland. Her area of research is early modern literature, theatre and culture.

ALDONA ZWIERZYNKA-COLDICOTT is a Polish Translator/Interpreter with an MA in English Philology (UMCS, Poland) and MPhil in Linguistics (Coventry University, England).

Iter and the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2015

The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe: The Toronto Series 37
Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies 478

978-0-86698-532-1 (print)
978-0-86698-533-8 (online)

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