Academic journal article Medium Aevum

A Companion to Julian of Norwich

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

A Companion to Julian of Norwich

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A Companion to Julian of Norwich, ed. lis Herbert McAvoy (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer; Rochester, NY: Boydell and Brewer, 2008). xiv +250 pp; 2 illustrations. ISBN 978-1-4-172-2. £5 0.00/$ 9 5.00. A welcome addition to the Companion series published by Boyd ell and Brewer. The volume aims to cover accessibly and comprehensively the key issues of current scholarship concerning Julian, and to explore the still debated manuscript, literary, and cultural contexts of her work. lis Herbert McAvoy 's introduction asks, Who, or what, was Julian?' in light of her statement 'God forbede . . . that I am a tech ere'. A series of essays places Julian in terms of gender, place, society, and the Church. Kim M Phillips looks at femininities and the gentry and Cate Gunn explores images of medieval Norwich in relation to the Revelations. Alexandra Barrati considers tropes of the Trinity in Julian's writing, Denise N. Baker places Julian in terms of Middle English mystical discourse, and Diane Watt relates Julian's showings to the tradition of apocalyptic revelation and vision. …

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