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Margery Kempe and Translations of the Flesh

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Selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Book for 1999

Karma Lochrie demonstrates that women were associated not with the body but rather with the flesh, that disruptive aspect of body and soul which Augustine claimed was fissured with the Fall of Man. It is within this framework that she reads The Book of Margery Kempe, demonstrating the ways in which Kempe exploited the gendered ideologies of flesh and text through her controversial practices of writing, her ...

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Overview

Selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Book for 1999

Karma Lochrie demonstrates that women were associated not with the body but rather with the flesh, that disruptive aspect of body and soul which Augustine claimed was fissured with the Fall of Man. It is within this framework that she reads The Book of Margery Kempe, demonstrating the ways in which Kempe exploited the gendered ideologies of flesh and text through her controversial practices of writing, her inappropriate-seeming laughter, and the most notorious aspect of her mysticism, her "hysterical" weeping expressions of religious desire. Lochrie challenges prevailing scholarly assumptions of Kempe's illiteracy, her role in the writing of her book, her misunderstanding of mystical concepts, and the failure of her book to influence a reading community. In her work and her life, Kempe consistently crossed the barriers of those cultural taboos designed to exclude and silence her.

Instead of viewing Kempe as marginal to the great mystical and literary traditions of the late Middle Ages, this study takes her seriously as a woman responding to the cultural constraints and exclusions of her time. Margery Kempe and Translations of the Flesh will be of interest to students and scholars of medieval studies, intellectual history, and feminist theory.

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"A feminist analysis of the writing of the fifteenth-century English mystic, showing how Kempe exploited the gendered ideologies of flesh and text, violated taboos, and responded to the constraints of her time."—Book News, Inc.

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A feminist analysis of the writing of the 15th-century English mystic, showing how Kempe exploited the gendered ideologies of flesh and text, violated taboos, and responded to the constraints of her time. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812215571
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/1994
  • Series: New Cultural Studies Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 5.82 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Karma Lochrie is Ruth Halls Professor of English at Indiana University. She is the author of Covert Operations: The Medieval Uses of Secrecy, also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 The Body as Text and the Semiotics of Suffering 13
2 The Text as Body and Mystical Discourse 56
3 From Utterance to Text: Authorizing the Mystical Word 97
4 Fissuring the Text: Laughter in the Midst of Writing and Speech 135
5 Embodying the Text: Boisterous Tears and Privileged Readings 167
6 The Disembodied Text 203
Bibliography 237
Index 249
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