The Rhetoric of Virginity from Thecla to Joan of Arc
By (author) Maud Burnett McInerney
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Eloquent Virgins by Maud Burnett McInerney
Book DescriptionThe tales of the virgin martyrs inevitably emphasize the torture and mutilation of beautiful young women. To the modern reader, these popular texts seem like exercises in sadism, but while they could be made to function as vehicles for active misogyny, they also provided Medieval women such as Hildegard of Bingen and Joan of Arc with role models who helped them to shape their own extraordinary destinies. This book explores the ability of the virgin body to generate contradictory meanings, both repressive and liberating, depending on who told the tale and how it was told.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780312223502
(216mm x 140mm x 21mm)
Imprint: St Martin's Press
Publisher: St Martin's Press
Publish Date: 19-Apr-2002
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Maud Burnett McInerney
Hildegard of Bingen, Hardback (March 1999)» View all books by Maud Burnett McInerney
This collection of original essays approaches Hildegard from a variety of perspectives, including gender theory, musicology, art history, the history of science and comparative studies.
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Author Biography - Maud Burnett McInerney
MAUD BURNETT MCINERNEY teaches English and Medieval Studies at Haverford College.
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