Louise Labé and Semiramis: A Feminist Reading
Women in French Association
The example of Semiramis in Louise Labé's first elegy reverses misogynistic trends current throughout the Middle Ages and Renaissance by emphasizing Semiramis' earlier reputation as a great warrior and builder and re-contextualizing her reputation for incest andsexual excess. Thus a poem ostensibly about the power of love, in a literary genre conventionally participating in the subordination or silencing of women, celebrates the power of poetry to transform history, giving women a place in the center.
Brown, Phyllis. “Louise Labé and Semiramis: A Feminist Reading.” Women in French 5 (1997): 107-22.