Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 7757
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Provost , William.
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  • Title: Margery Kempe and Her Calling [The author examines the relationship between one’s identity and vocation (job or personal calling) in Margery Kempe’s book. Compared to the medieval woman writer Julian of Norwich (who clearly presents herself as an anchoress) and Chaucer’s fictional Wife of Bath (whose very occupation is being a “wife”), Margery’s social role is indeterminate. She is neither a conventional wife nor a religious woman, and she confuses both her contemporaries and modern readers because she does not fit into any stable occupational category. Title note supplied by Feminae.].
  • Source: Margery Kempe: A Book of Essays.  Edited by Sandra J. McEntire.  Garland Publishing, 1992.  Pages 3 - 15.
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Anchoresses Identity Individual Julian of Norwich, Mystic Kempe, Margery, Mystic Literature- Prose Mystics Social Roles Wife of Bath (Literary Figure) Wives Women in Literature Women in Religion
  • Geographic Area: British Isles
  • Century: 15
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  • Author's Affiliation: University of Georgia, Athens
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  • Year of Publication: 1992.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 0815303785
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