Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 5467
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Charles , Casey.
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  • Title: Adversus Jerome: Liberation Theology in the "Wife of Bath’s Prologue" [The Wife of Bath subverts ecclesiastical (clerical) modes of Biblical exegesis in the “sermon” that begins her "Prologue." She appropriates the method of scriptural interpretation used by writers like Saint Jerome, but she uses their interpretive strategies to support her own worldly and carnal ideas on marriage and sexuality. Her sermon is more than a parody of the authorities she imitates; she exposes the misogyny of clerical writers and also sanctifies the profane through her appropriation of exegetical techniques. Title note supplied by Feminae.].
  • Source: Assays: Critical Approaches to Medieval and Renaissance Texts 6, ( 1991): Pages 55 - 71.
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Bible Exegesis Blasphemy Chaucer, Geoffrey, Poet- Canterbury Tales- Wife of Bath’s Prologue Jerome, Theologian, Saint- Adversus Jovinianum Literature- Verse Marriage Misogyny Satire Sexuality Theology Wife of Bath (Literary Figure)
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  • Geographic Area: British Isles
  • Century: 14
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  • Author's Affiliation: State University of New York, Buffalo
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  • Year of Publication: 1991.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 02750058