The Powers of the Holy: Religion, Politics, and Gender in Late Medieval English Culture

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This book explores certain configurations of holiness, especially representations of Christ's humanity, and certain configurations of gender, especially as they are used in some of Chaucer's explorations of contemporary political conflicts.
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Overview

This book explores certain configurations of holiness, especially representations of Christ's humanity, and certain configurations of gender, especially as they are used in some of Chaucer's explorations of contemporary political conflicts.
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The Powers of the Holy is one of those books you keep feeling you’ve decided about, only to find you haven’t. Passionately argued and replete with historical analysis, literary interpretations, theoretical observations, and generally well-considered polemics, it is unusual to the degree in which it treats students of Middle English as though we all approach our subject as intellectuals, personally and politically engaged in the fourteenth century as part of our wider engagement in life in the present. . . . I have learned a great deal from this book, agree with much that is in it, disagree with much else, and expect to be telling students of medieval and early modern culture and thought I encounter over the next few years that it is one of the books that they must read.”
—Nicholas Watson, Studies in the Age of Chaucer

“The authors delineate the variable ways that late medieval representations of the holy are profoundly engaged in the politics of state, church, class, and gender. They offer innovative analyses of major authors and texts that will prove to be essential reading for medievalists in general and that will, I believe, have a salutary impact on the current rewriting of English literary history. The significance of Aers’s and Staley’s major claim about the ‘powers of the holy’ in late fourteenth-century English texts should not be underestimated. It enables—in fact requires—a reframing of the standard picture of the relations between the literary and the social in late medieval England.”
—Theresa Coletti, University of Maryland at College Park

“A very fine book, the fruit of an unusually seamless and effective collaboration by two prominent readers of English writing of the late fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries. . . . Aers and Staley . . . deliver that relatively rare thing, a book rich in scholarship and insistently, urgently challenging.”
South Atlantic Review

The Powers of the Holy will be read eagerly by all who are interested in the history of culture, religion, and literature, and that will stimulate vigorous debate.”
—Derek Pearsall, Harvard University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780271015422
  • Publisher: Penn State University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 520
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.91 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

David Aers is Professor of English and Religion at Duke University. He is the co-editor of The Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies and author of, most recently, Culture and History, 1350–1600 (1992) and Community, Gender, and Individual Identity: English Writing, 1360–1430 (1988).

Lynn Staley is Harrington and Shirley Drake Professor of the Humanities at Colgate University. Her most recent books include Margery Kempe's Dissenting Fictions (Penn State, 1994), The Shepheardes Calendar: An Introduction (Penn State, 1990), and an edition of The Book of Margery Kempe (1996)

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 The Humanity of Christ: Reflections on Orthodox Late Medieval Representations 15
2 The Humanity of Christ: Representations in Wycliffite Texts and Piers Plowman 43
3 The Humanity of Christ: Reflections on Julian of Norwich's Revelation of Love 77
4 Julian of Norwich and the Late Fourteenth-Century Crisis of Authority 107
5 Chaucer and the Postures of Sanctity 179
Epilogue 261
Works Cited 273
Index 303
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