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Title Reading memory and identity in the texts of medieval European holy women / edited by Margaret Cotter-Lynch and Brad Herzog
Edition First edition
Published New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (xxiv, 264 pages)
Series The new Middle Ages
New Middle Ages (Palgrave Macmillan (Firm))
Contents Nuns on parade: memorializing women in Karolus Magnus et Leo Papa / Helene Scheck -- Mnemonic sanctity and the ladder of reading: Notker's "In natale sanctarum femininarum" / Margaret Cotter-Lynch -- Envisioning a saint: visions in the miracles of Saint Margaret of Scotland / Catherine Keene -- Secret designs-public shapes: ekphrastic tensions in Hildegard's Scivias / Claire Barbetti -- Imitating the imagined: Clemence of Barking's Life of St. Catherine / Barbara Zimbalist -- Memory, identity, and women's representation in the Portuguese reception of Vitae patrum: winning a name / Ana Maria Machado -- "In mei memoriam facietis": remembering ritual and refiguring "woman" in Gertrude the Great of Helfta's Exercitia spiritualia / Ella Johnson -- Making a place: imitatio Mariae in Julian of Norwich's self-construction / Elissa Hansen -- Portrait of a holy life: mnemonic inventiveness in The book of Margery Kempe / Brad Herzog
Summary Drawing upon much of the recent scholarly interest in the nature and uses of memory, this collection of essays examines a range of texts commemorating European holy women from the ninth through fifteenth centuries. The contributors explore the relationship between memorial practices and identity formation in two ways: first, by showing how women drew upon traditions and memories in fashioning their own lived lives; and secondly, by showing how both male and female authors used medieval memory arts to portray those lives for contemporary and future audiences. This book will interest scholars of medieval literature, medieval religious history, feminist scholars, and historians of rhetoric
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Literature, Medieval -- Religious aspects -- History and criticism.
Literature, Medieval -- Women authors -- History and criticism.
Memory in literature.
Women and literature -- History -- Middle Ages, 600-1500
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Cotter-Lynch, Margaret, 1974-
Herzog, Brad.
ISBN 023061986X
1137064838 (electronic bk.)
9781137064837 (electronic bk.)