Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Women and the Divine in Literature before 1700: Essays in Memory of Margot Louis

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Women and the Divine in Literature before 1700: Essays in Memory of Margot Louis

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Women and the Divine in Literature before 1700: Essays in Memory of Margot Louis, ed. Kathryn Kerby-Fulton (Victoria, BC: ELS Editions; Quebec: Marquis Book Printing, 2009). xii + 280 pp. ISBN 978-1-55058-383-0. $30.00. The essays in this volume pay tribute to a scholar known mainly for her work on Victorian poetry, but with an abiding love for medieval literature, reflected in her teaching and supervision of postgraduates at the University of Victoria. The essays signal Margot Louis's interests both in early women writers and in 'women's literary and pedagogical challenges to male-dominated religious traditions'. The book is organized chronologically and thematically: vision, love, marriage, and the female body are recurrent emphases. Kathryn Kerby-Fulton's introduction addresses the spectrum of attitudes towards women's visions in medieval England. linda Olson discusses Monica, the mother of St Augustine, as teacher, visionary, philosopher, and mystic. …

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