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Saints' Lives and Women's Literary Culture, 1150-1300: Virginity and its Authorizations

Jocelyn Wogan-Browne


This book argues that, in the multilingual culture of medieval England, the French of England needs to be taken into account alongside the English writings of figures such as Margery Kempe and Julian of Norwich. This is by considering that the francophone literary culture of medieval women in England extends the usual model by some two centuries and greatly enlarges the corpus of texts written by and for women, particularly from c. 1100-c.1300 and beyond. The book explores and demonstrates this contention by focussing on the discourses of virginity and the saints' lives composed by women, toge ... More

Keywords: virginity, literature, saints' lives, women, patronage, Middle English, Anglo-Norman, French of England

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780198112792
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112792.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jocelyn Wogan-Browne, author
Fordham University, NY
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