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A background of valuable eu Women's Writing bargains a different survey of literature from the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Croatia, Slovakia, and Slovenia. It illustrates the improvement of women's writing within the zone from the center a while to the current day, putting person writers of their social and political context and displaying how approaches shaping their lives are mirrored of their works.
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Lea Ráskai, a sister in the Dominican convent on the Margit Island between Buda and Pest, copied five texts between 1510 and 1522. She not only included her name, but added notes on contemporary events in the longer works which kept her occupied for many years. So in the Cornides Codex she writes, ‘I finished this on Friday, the evening of the feast of St. Denis, in the 1518th year of the birth of our Lord. In this year the Hungarian nobility and gentry assembled in Bácsa. ’7 Requests for prayer for the copyist become common, and as the years pass there is increasing evidence that some of those who copied the texts were good Latin scholars, ‘improving’ what they saw as poorly-written texts.
This is also the topic of many of her plays, in which the virtuous wife should accept and suffer all, however unreasonable her husband’s demands. 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).
24 Czyz˙, Antoni, ‘Antonina Niemiryczowa, czyli rokoko metafizyczne’, Przegla˛d Humanistyczny, 1984, no. 11/12, pp. 101–15. , komponowane dla cze˛stej refleksji czl⁄ owiekowi roku 1743. 26 One copy is supposed to be still in existence, in the Academy of Sciences Library in Lwów (Biblioteka Akademii Nauk w Lwówie, sygn. B 23 444), though no researcher, including Antoni Czyz˙, has yet managed to gain access to it. 27 Wiktor Gomulicki, ‘Teofila Glin´ska. ’, Bluszcz, 1900, nr. 39–40; reprinted in his Sylwety i miniatury literackie, KijówWarszawa, 1916, pp.