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Author Solberg, Emma Maggie, author

Title Virgin whore / Emma Maggie Solberg
Published Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2018
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 275 pages)
Contents The many fathers of Jesus Christ -- Testing the chastity of the divine adulteress -- The second Eve -- Imitations of the virgin -- Promiscuous mercy -- The Whore of Babylon
Summary "In Virgin Whore, Emma Maggie Solberg uncovers a surprisingly prevalent theme in late English medieval literature and culture: the celebration of the Virgin Mary's sexuality. Although history is narrated as a progressive loss of innocence, the Madonna has grown purer with each passing century. Looking to a period before the idea of her purity and virginity had ossified, Solberg uncovers depictions and interpretations of Mary, discernible in jokes and insults, icons and rituals, prayers and revelations, allegories and typologies--and in late medieval vernacular biblical drama ... By revealing the presence of this promiscuous Virgin in early English drama and late medieval literature and culture--in dirty jokes told by Boccaccio and Chaucer, Malory's Arthurian romances, and the double entendres of the allegorical Mystic Hunt of the Unicorn--Solberg provides a new understanding of Marian traditions"-- Publisher's Web site
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on December 14, 2018)
Subject Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint -- Devotion to -- England -- History.
Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint -- In literature
Christian drama, English (Middle) -- History and criticism.
English literature -- Middle English, 1100-1500 -- History and criticism.
Sex -- England -- History -- To 1500.
Women -- England -- History -- Middle Ages, 500-1500.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2018027870
ISBN 1501730347 (electronic book)
1501730355 (electronic book)
9781501730344 (electronic book)
9781501730351 (electronic book)