Saints' Lives and Women's Literary Culture, 1150-1300
Virginity and Its Authorizations
By (author) Jocelyn Wogan-Browne
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Saints' Lives and Women's Literary Culture, 1150-1300 by Jocelyn Wogan-Browne
Book DescriptionWriting by and for women in the twelfth and thirteenth century in England is less well known than that of the later medieval period of Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe. This is the first book-length exploration of a rich literary culture embracing several vernaculars as well as Latin. It focuses particularly on women's uses and adaptations of the powerful ideal of virgin sanctity. Saints' lives were used by lay and religious women in a range of ways, whether as exemplary of vocational biography, as historiography, as texts in the politics of court and convent, or as vernacular theology. As a sampling of this earlier literary culture, saints' lives suggest that there is a wealth of texts and manuscripts which need further study before we can map the literary and linguistic history of women in medieval England.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198112792
(243mm x 165mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Jocelyn Wogan-Browne
Language and Culture in Medieval Britain, Paperback (September 2013)
Groundbreaking surveys of the complex interrelationship between the languages of English and French in medieval Britain.
Rethinking the South English Legendaries, Hardback (December 2011)
Rethinking the South English legendaries offers theoretically fresh approaches to the major vernacular collection of saints' lives in the English Middle Ages, combining leading scholars and new voices in the field. The volume creates a new platform for thinking about this richly dynamic but so far critically underappreciated medieval bestseller .
Medieval English Prose for Women, Paperback (September 1992)» View all books by Jocelyn Wogan-Browne
A selection of writings from the "Ancrene Wisse", a guide for female recluses written in the West Midlands in the early 13th century, and the closely related religious works of the "Katherine Group". This edition is designed to introduce them to a wider audience.
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