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Margery Kempe

Watt, D (2012) Margery Kempe In: The History of British Women's Writing, 700-1500. The History of British Women's Writing, I . Palgrave Mcmillan, pp. 232-240. ISBN 0230235107

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While some critical scrutiny has been given to Kempe’s relationships with her male spiritual advisors, and the extent to which she relied on them to authorize her controversial piety, other scholars have paid close attention to the ways in which she framed her spirituality around her experiences as a mother. Some, most significantly Kathy Lavezzo, have focused not on biological relationships, but instead examined the importance of female same-sex bonding within the Book. Yet a gap remains within feminist scholarship on The Book of Margery Kempe: consideration of Kempe’s troubled, earthly (though not strictly or narrowly familial or spiritual) relationships with other women. In this essay I look at two examples of such marginalized female presences in The Book – Margery Kempe’s daughter-in-law and her maid—which appear in the thematically and structurally foregrounded accounts of her major overseas pilgrimages. My focus is, then, not on the women who love Margery Kempe, but on those who do not.

Item Type: Book Section
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Literature and Languages > English
Authors : Watt, D
Editors :
McAvoy, LH
Watt, D
Date : 2012
Uncontrolled Keywords : Literary Criticism
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Additional Information : This is an electronic, pre-copyedit version of a book chapter published as "Watt D. (2012). Margery Kempe. In The History of British Women's Writing, 700-1500. Editors: McAvoy LH, Watt D. I: 232-240. Palgrave Mcmillan. ISBN: 0230235107.
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Date Deposited : 01 Nov 2013 16:31
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