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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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The Virgin Speaks

The Virgin Speaks

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(p.223) 7 The Virgin Speaks
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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/9780198112792.003.0008

This chapter considers theological issues in hagiography and argues for women's composition in the genre as a mode of theological practice. It considers the response of Clemence of Barking to Anselmian soteriology in her Life of St. Catherine and her use of a pagan role model, the Sibyl, as a legitimating didactic and prophetic female voice. It looks at how far female audiences could systematically study, debate, and place the doctrinal implications of saints' lives. It also considers whether insular culture is really as deprived in regard to women visionaries as is often suggested.

Keywords:   hagiography, Clemence of Barking, Life of St. Catherine, women's composition, Anselmian soteriology

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