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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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Virgin Passions: Romance, Raptus, Ritual

Virgin Passions: Romance, Raptus, Ritual

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(p.91) 3 Virgin Passions: Romance, Raptus, Ritual
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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/9780198112792.003.0004

This chapter further places the romance of virgin martyr hagiography by looking not only at the virgin's nuptial and dotal relation with Christ, but at her argument with the pagan tyrant. This involves attention to both historical development and to literary structural analysis of the passio. It argues that by the later 12th century, the central conflict of hagiography is shifting to a conflict seen in gender rather than generational terms, in what is generally understood as romancing and feminizing development.

Keywords:   virgins, virginity, martyr, hagiography, passio

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