Authority and Authorship in Medieval and Seventeenth Century Women's Visionary Writings

In medieval and early modern times, female visionary writers used the mode of prophecy to voice their concerns and ideas, against the backdrop of cultural restrictions and negative stereotypes. In this book, Deborah Frick analyses medieval visionary writings by Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe in comparison to seventeenth-century visionary writings by authors such as Anna Trapnel, Mary Carey, Anne Wentworth and Katherine Chidley, in order to investigate how these women authorised themselves in their writings and what topoi they use to find a voice and place of their own. This comparison, furthermore, and the strikingly similar topoi that are used by the female visionaries not only allows to question and examine topics such as authority, authorship, images of voice and body; it also breaks down preconceived and artificial boundaries and definitions.

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20 May 2021, 156 pages
ISBN: 978-3-8394-5689-7
File size: 1.57 MB

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Author(s)
Deborah Frick
Book title
Authority and Authorship in Medieval and Seventeenth Century Women's Visionary Writings
Publisher
transcript Verlag
Pages
156
ISBN
978-3-8394-5689-7
DOI
10.14361/9783839456897
Commodity Group
1564
BIC-Code
DSB
BISAC-Code
LIT004120
THEMA-Code
DSB
Release date
20 May 2021
Topics
Literatur
Readership
Literary Studies, Gender Studies
Keywords/Tags
Gender, Authority, Authorship, Visionary Writings, Voice, Literature, British Studies, Literary Studies

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