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CONTENTS Acknowledgements Abbreviations INTRODUCTION Proscribed Spaces and Marginalities Female Specificities, Subjectivities and Theories of the Body Reception and Response: An Overview 1. MOTHERHOOD AND MARGERY KEMPE The Motherhood Hermeneutic Margery's Children as Structural Cohesion Imitatio: Margery as Maternal Martyr Margery and the Maternal Dichotomy Motherhood as Performative Strategy Motherhood as Protective Strategy 2. THE MOTHERHOOD MATRIX IN THE WRITING OF JULIAN NORWICH Society and Enclosure: Maps of Experience Anchorhold: Womb and Tomb Images of the (M)other: Tears, Suffering and Jouissance Blood and the Imagery of Childbirth Love without Condition: Reading the Maternal in The Parable of the Lord and Servant From Worldly to Spiritual: The Maternal Inscription upon the Divine 3. DISCOURSES OF PROSTITUTION AND THE BOOK OF MARGERY KEMPE The Female Body as Commodity: Theory and Practice 'Þei clepyd hir Englisch sterte...': Strategies of Disruption 'sche stode in þe same place þer Mary Mawdelyn stode': The Whore and the Holy Woman The Song of Songs and the Two Faces of Eve 4. '?YF THOWE BE PAYEDE,' QUOD OURE LORDE, 'I AM PAYEDE': HERMENEUTICS OF THE HOLY WHORE IN JULIAN OF NORWICH Julian and the Body: A Critical Overview The Flesh, the Body and the Abject Saints and Sinners: Sex and the Redemptive Female The Female Body as Commodity: Recontextualisation Sexuality and the Fiendish Encounter Hermeneutics of Profit and Loss Commonality and the Holy Whore 5. MARGERY KEMPE: WISDOM, AUTHORITY AND THE FEMALE UTTERANCE 'þe muð þe speoweð ut atter...': Orality and the Female Voice 'a fals loller, & a fals deceyuer of þe pepyl': Margery and the Lollard Threat Apostless, Sibyl and Margery's own Cité des Dames 'Settyth al ?owr trust in god & feryth not þe langage of þe world...': The Authority of the Word 6. JULIAN OF NORWICH: VOICE OF THE WISE WOMAN Cave and Anchorhold: The Presence of the Absent body Youth versus Experience: Body Problematics and the Prophetic Female Voice 'Wintering into Wisdom': Sapiential Theology and the Female Voice Preservation and Dissemination of the Female Voice: Questions of Audience AFTERWORD Bibliography Index
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: English literature Middle English, 1100-1500 History and criticism, Mysticism in literature, Julian, of Norwich, b, 1343, Knowledge Human anatomy, Christian literature, English (Middle) History and criticism, English literature Women authors History and criticism, Mysticism England History Middle Ages, 600-1500, Kempe, Margery, b, ca, 1373, Book of Margery Kempe, Women and literature England History To 1500, Body, Human, in literature, Authority in literature, Women in literature