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Saints' Lives and Women's Literary Culture, 1150-1300Virginity and its Authorizations$
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Jocelyn Wogan-Browne

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198112792

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112792.001.0001

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Women's Literary Culture in Twelfth-and Thirteenth-Century England

Women's Literary Culture in Twelfth-and Thirteenth-Century England

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction: Women's Literary Culture in Twelfth-and Thirteenth-Century England
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Saints' Lives and Women's Literary Culture, 1150-1300
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JOCELYN WOGAN-BROWNE

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112792.003.0001

This introductory chapter begins with a brief discussion of the literary culture of women in medieval England. It describes the focuses of the book, which is on saints' lives and their importance for women. A primary concern is the pervasiveness of virginity as a cultural ideal and form of exemplary biography for women. An overview of the subsequent chapters is presented.

Keywords:   virginity, literature, saints' lives, women

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