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The Resource Authority and the female body in the writings of Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe, Liz Herbert McAvoy

Authority and the female body in the writings of Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe, Liz Herbert McAvoy

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Authority and the female body in the writings of Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe
Title
Authority and the female body in the writings of Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe
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Liz Herbert McAvoy
Title variation
Authority & the Female Body in the Writings of Julian of Norwich & Margery Kempe
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Language
eng
Summary
The writings of Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe show an awareness of traditional and contemporary attitudes towards women, in particular medieval attitudes towards the female body. This study examines the extent to which they make use of such attitudes in their writing, and investigates the importance of the female body as a means of explaining their mystical experiences and the insight gained from them; in both writers, the female body is central to their writing, leading to a feminised language through which they achieve authority and create a space in which they can be heard, particularly in the context of their religious and mystical experiences. The three archetypal representations of woman in the middle ages, as mother, as whore and as 'wise woman', are all clearly present in the writings of Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe; in examining the ways in which both writers make use of these female categories, McAvoy establishes the extent of their success in resolving the tension between society's expectations of them and their own lived experiences as women and writers. LIZ HERBERT MCAVOY is Lecturer in Medieval Language and Literature, University of Leicester
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UkCbUP
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Herbert McAvoy, Liz
Dewey number
820.9/3824822
Index
index present
LC call number
PR275.M9
LC item number
H47 2004
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • English literature
  • Mysticism in literature
  • Christian literature, English (Middle)
  • English literature
  • Mysticism
  • Women and literature
  • Human body in literature
  • Authority in literature
  • Women in literature
  • Julian
  • Kempe, Margery
Label
Authority and the female body in the writings of Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe, Liz Herbert McAvoy
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Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 02 Oct 2015)
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online resource
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cr
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 5.
  • Margery Kempe : wisdom, authority and the female utterance
  • 6.
  • Julian of Norwich : voice of the wise woman
  • 1.
  • Motherhood and Margery Kempe
  • 2.
  • The motherhood matrix in the writing of Julian of Norwich
  • 3.
  • Discourses of prostitution and The Book of Margery Kempe
  • 4.
  • '[actual symbol not reproducible]yf thowe be payede, ' quod our lorde, 'I am payede' : hermeneutics of the holy whore in Julian of Norwich
Control code
CR9781846152610
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 276 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781846152610
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
digital, PDF file(s).
Specific material designation
remote
Label
Authority and the female body in the writings of Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe, Liz Herbert McAvoy
Publication
Note
Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 02 Oct 2015)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 5.
  • Margery Kempe : wisdom, authority and the female utterance
  • 6.
  • Julian of Norwich : voice of the wise woman
  • 1.
  • Motherhood and Margery Kempe
  • 2.
  • The motherhood matrix in the writing of Julian of Norwich
  • 3.
  • Discourses of prostitution and The Book of Margery Kempe
  • 4.
  • '[actual symbol not reproducible]yf thowe be payede, ' quod our lorde, 'I am payede' : hermeneutics of the holy whore in Julian of Norwich
Control code
CR9781846152610
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 276 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781846152610
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
digital, PDF file(s).
Specific material designation
remote

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