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  • Record Number: 9200
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Lawton , David.
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  • Title: Voice, Authority, and Blasphemy in "The Book of Margery Kempe" [The author examines the importance of blasphemy in the production of literary texts in fifteenth-century England; during this time, vernacular writing was sometimes associated with heresy. While some readers fear Kempe expresses unorthodox religious ideas, the author notes that Kempe espouses orthodox views. Kempe also demonstrates a knowledge of Latin texts even though she claims to be illiterate. Ultimately, Kempe’s unique voice as a woman is preserved through the text even if her speech is mediated by a long line of male scribes and editors. Title note supplied by Feminae].
  • Source: Margery Kempe: A Book of Essays.  Edited by Sandra J. McEntire.  Garland Publishing, 1992.  Pages 93 - 115.
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Authority Blasphemy Editing Texts Heresy Kempe, Margery, Mystic- Book of Margery Kempe Latin Language Literature- Prose Scribes and Scriptoria Voice Women Authors Women in Literature
  • Geographic Area: British Isles
  • Century: 15
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  • Author's Affiliation: University of Sydney
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  • Year of Publication: 1992.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 0815303785
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