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Margery Kempe
A Book of Essays

Edited By

Sandra J. McEntire

ISBN 9780367209773
Published December 31, 2020 by Routledge
278 Pages

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Book Description

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


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