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Margery Kempe

A Book of Essays, 1st Edition

Edited by Sandra J. McEntire


274 pages

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pub: 2019-07-09
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Originally published in 1992, Margery Kempe looks at one of the most appealing mystics and pilgrims of 15th-century England. The book looks at Margery Kempe, and her book The Book of Margery Kempe, thought to be the first vernacular autobiography in medieval Britain. Original essays in the book examines Kempe's spirituality, cultural context, and the autobiography itself, The Book of Margery Kempe. The essays in the book represent detail literary analysis on Kempe and the critical history of her words.

Table of Contents



Part I: The Woman

1 Margery Kempe and Her Calling, William Provost

2. "Understanding by Feeling" in Margery Kempe’s Book, Elizabeth Pskais Armstrong

3. Margery Kempe’s Tears and the Power Over Language, Dhira B. Mahoney

4. The Journey into Selfhood: Margery Kempe and Feminine Spirituality, Sandra J. McEntire

Part II: Her Work

5. From Woe to Weal and Weal to Woe: Notes on the Structure of The Book of Margery Kempe, Timea K. Szell

6. Voice, Authority, and Blasphemy in The Book of Margery Kempe, David Lawton

7. Margery Kempe and the Critics: Disempowerment and Deconstruction, Eluned Bremner

Part III: Her World

8. Margery Kempe and Kings Lynn, Deborah S. Ellis

9. Margery Kempe, St Bridget, and Marguerite d’Oingt: The Visionary Writer as Shaman, Nanda Hopenwasser

10. Margery Kempe and the King’s Daughter of Hungary, Alexandra Barratt

11. Bridge, Margery, Julian, and Alice: Bridget of Sweden’s Textual Community in Medieval England, Julia Bolton Holloway

12. Margery and Alison: Women on Top, Janet Wilson

List of References Cited


About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: The Medieval World

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1938 and 1994, draw together research by leading academics in the area of medieval history and medieval literature, and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The volume examines medieval history from the early Middle Ages, right up until the Reformation, as well as the effect of the medieval period on later cultures, such as the Victorians. This collection draws together books on the monarchy, medieval philosophy, religion, art, music, psychology and architecture as well as volumes on medieval archeology. The collection also brings together key volumes on medieval literature of the period, with formative works examining medieval religious literature, medieval legends and oral tradition. The collection also includes titles examining specific poems from the period such as Piers Plowman, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and The Pearl, as well as volumes on influential writers of the period such as Jean Froissant, John Lydgate and Margery Kempe. This collection brings back into print a collection of insightful and detailed books on the diverse medieval period and will be a must have resource for academics and students, not only of history and literature, but of anthropology, music, psychology and religion.

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