Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 9665
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Kemp , Theresa D.
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  • Title: The "Lingua Materna" and the Conflict Over Vernacular Religious Discourse in Fifteenth-Century England [the author examines varied clerical writings that react to or make use of the vernacular; each text "depicts the struggle over who should have access to religious discourse as a gendered contest between a potentially transgressive vernacular, feminized as the 'Lingua Materna,' or 'the mother tongue,' and the authoritative Latin of the male-dominated Church"; clerics who used the vernacular to teach the laity had to distinguish between good uses that they masculinized and bad uses, such as demystifying theology, which they saw as a feminization].
  • Source: Philological Quarterly 78, 3 (Summer 1999): Pages 233 - 257.
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Authority Bokenham, Osbern, Author- Legendys of Hooly Wummen Devotional Literature Gender in Literature Heresy Latin Language Lay Piety Literature- Prose Literature- Verse Lollard Movement Pecock, Reginald, Author and Bishop of Chichester Theology Vernacu
  • Geographic Area: British Isles
  • Century: 15
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  • Author's Affiliation: University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
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  • Year of Publication: 1999.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 00317977
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