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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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Honorary Virginities

Honorary Virginities

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Saints' Lives and Women's Literary Culture, 1150-1300


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This chapter examines the relations between virginity and maternity, especially as mediated by penance and asceticism. It explores continuities between religious and secular lives to argue that some female writings and receptions of cultural maternity represent it as productive again for women. It also argues that the very intensity with which penance is required of non-virgin women makes its powers also useful to women.

Keywords:   virginity, virgins, maternity, asceticism, penance

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