Julian of Norwich's Legacy: Medieval Mysticism and Post-Medieval Reception

Hardcover | October 15, 2009

EditorSarah Salih, Denise N. Baker

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Julian of Norwich the best-known of the medieval mystics today. The text of her Revelation has circulated continually since the fifteenth century, but the twentieth century saw a massive expansion of her popularity. Theological or literary-historical studies of Julian may remark in passing on her popularity, but none have attempted a detailed study of her reception. This collection fills that gap: it outlines the full reception history from the extant manuscripts to the present day, looking at Julian in devotional cultures, in modernist poetry and present-day popular literature, and in her iconography in Norwich, both as a pilgrimage site and a tourist attraction.

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Julian of Norwich the best-known of the medieval mystics today. The text of her Revelation has circulated continually since the fifteenth century, but the twentieth century saw a massive expansion of her popularity. Theological or literary-historical studies of Julian may remark in passing on her popularity, but none have attempted a d...

Sarah Salih is a Senior Lecturer in English at King’s College London and the author of Versions of Virginity in Late Medieval England; co-editor of Gender and Holiness: Men, Women and Saints in Late Medieval Europe and Medieval Virginities; and editor of A Companion to Middle English Hagiography. Denise N. Baker is a Professor of Engl...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:232 pages, 9.4 × 6.26 × 0.7 inPublished:October 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction--Sarah Salih and Denise N. Baker * Julian of Norwich and Her Children Today: Editions, Translations and Versions of her Revelations--Alexandra Barratt * From Anchorhold to Closet: Julian of Norwich in 1670 and the Immanence of the Past--Jennifer Summit * W. B. Yeats and a Certain Mystic of the Middle Ages--Anthony Cuda * The Fire and the Rose: Theodicy in Eliot and Julian of Norwich--Jewel Spears Brooker * Julie Norwich and Julian of Norwich: Annie Dillard’s Theodicy in Holy the Firm--Denise N. Baker * Julian of Norwich in Popular Fiction--Susannah Mary Chewning * Playing Julian: The Cell as Theatre in Contemporary Culture--Jacqueline Jenkins * “A Great Woman in our Future”: Julian of Norwich's Function in Late-Twentieth-Century Spirituality--Christiania Whitehead * Julian in Norwich: Heritage and Iconography--Sarah Salih * In the Centre: Spiritual and Cultural Representations of of Julian of Norwich in the Julian Centre--Sara

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"This is one of the best collections of essays I have encountered in recent years. The organizing concept is compelling and superbly executed. Every essay is a good fit for the collection, and the essays speak to each other while avoiding repetition. Not only is this volume of value to students and scholars of medieval literature and medievalism, but it should also be required reading for all would-be editors of collections of essays."--Medieval Feminist Forum “This exciting collection of essays opens up new directions in both medieval studies and studies in medievalism, bringing much-needed rigour to the latter, and putting to work the often advocated but seldom practiced notion that medieval texts are created in their re-reading and reconstruction as much as in their original contexts of production. The collection will be essential to students and scholars of Julian of Norwich but also of interest to anyone in Middle English studies concerned with new approaches to historicism, close reading, and relations between the medieval past and modernity. Julian of Norwich's Legacy, consisting of essays by both senior scholars and newer talents, is exemplary in its use of cultural studies within medieval studies.”—David Matthews, University of Manchester “Just when we thought there was little more to be said about the medieval woman writer, Julian of Norwich, this volume provides an important and exciting new approach to the author, her work and her audiences since the production of her two texts over six hundred years ago. By focusing on Julian’s post-medieval reception in particular, Julian of Norwich’s Legacy demands a rethinking of the academic labels generally attached to her as writer, mystic or theologian, asking us instead to consider her in terms of constantly evolving symbol or malleable hermeneutic.  As such, we are presented with a multiplicity of ‘Julians’ who are reworked and reinvented according to the needs, interests and requirements of an ever-changing audience and its attempts to understand the contingencies of the ‘modern moment’. In this way Julian of Norwich’s Legacy not only fills a major gap within contemporary Julian Studies but also speaks cogently to and about those approaching Julian of Norwich from outside the academy.”—Liz Herbert McAvoy, Senior Lecturer in Gender in English Studies and Director of the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Research, Swansea University and author of Authority and the Female Body in the Writings of Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe.