Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 7522
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Tobin , Lee Ann.
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  • Title: Give the Saint Her Due: Hagiographical Values for Chaucer’s Second Nun’s Tale and Graham Greene’s "The End of the Affair" [When approaching Saint Celia (protagonist of the Second Nun’s Tale) and Sarah Miles (adulterous protagonist of Greene’s twentieth-century novel), modern critics perceive both of these heroines in a negative manner (deeming them disrespectful or unbelievable as female exemplars). However, such critics abide by rational and objective perspectives which are inappropriate for analyzing hagiographical literature. When viewed from a mystical and spiritual perspective, both heroines radically overturn male power structures and exhibit female strength and virginal power. While Greene revises the hagiographical tradition in his modern-day saint’s life, the essential features of the medieval genre remain unchanged. Title note supplied by Feminae.].
  • Source: Studia Mystica 14, 40212 (Summer/Fall 1991): Pages 48 - 60.
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  • Article Type: Conference Session Proposals
  • Subject (See Also): Adultery in Literature Cecilia, Saint in Literature Chaucer, Geoffrey, Poet- Canterbury Tales- Second Nun’s Tale Conversion, Religious in Literature Hagiography Historical Novels Literary Critics Literary Genres Literature- Verse Mysticism Power in Litera
  • Geographic Area: British Isles
  • Century: 14
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  • Author's Affiliation: University of Colorado at Boulder
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  • Year of Publication: 1991.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 01617222
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