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Criticism: The Book of Margery Kempe

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Atkinson, Clarissa W. Mystic and Pilgrim: The Book and the World of Margery Kempe. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1983. 

Barratt, Alexandra. “Margery Kempe and the King’s Daughter of Hungary.” In Margery Kempe: A Book of Essays, ed. Sandra McEntire.. New York: Garland, 1992.

Beckwith, Sarah. "The Uses of Corpus Christi and The Book of Margery Kempe." In Christ's Body: Identity, Culture and Society in Late Medieval Writings. Routledge: London, 1993 (1996), 78-111.

Beckwith, Sarah. “Problems of Authority in Late Medieval English Mysticism: Agency and Authority in The Book of Margery Kempe.” Exemplaria 4 (1992): 171-200.

Beckwith, Sarah. "A Very Material Mysticism: The Medieval Mysticism of Margery Kempe." In Medieval Literature: Criticism, Ideology and History, ed. David Aers. Brighton: Harvester Press, 1986.

Boffey, Julia. “Middle English Lives.” In The Cambridge History of Medieval English Literature, ed. David Wallace. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999, 610-634.

Cholmeley, Katharine. Margery Kempe, Genius and Mystic. New York: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1947. 

Cleve, Gunnel. "Semantic Dimensions in Margery Kempe: 'Whyght Clothys'." Mystics Quarterly 12, no. 4 (Dec. 1986): 162-70.

Cleve, Gunnel. “Margery Kempe: A Scandinavian Influence in Medieval England?” In The Medieval Mystical Tradition in England, Vol. 4, ed. Marian Glasscoe. Woodbridge, Suffolk: D. S. Brewer, 1992, 162-78.

Collis, Louise. The Apprentice Saint. London: M. Joseph, 1964. 

Collis, Louise. Memoires of a Medieval Woman: The Life and the Times of Margery Kempe. New York: Harper Colophon Books, 1983. 

Corbus, Patricia. “Poem: Homage to a Poor Caitiff, Margery Kempe." Mystics Quarterly 15, no. 4 (Dec.1986): 165.

Delany, Sheila. “Sexual Economics, Chaucer’s Wife of Bath and The Book of Margery Kempe.” Minnesota Review 5 (1975): 104-15.

Dickman, Susan. "Margery Kempe and the Continental Tradition of the Pious Woman." In The Medieval Mystical Tradition in England, Vol. 3, ed. Marion Glasscoe. Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 1984, 150-68.

Dickman, Susan. “Margery Kempe and the English Devotional Tradition.” In The Medieval Mystical Tradition in England, Vol 1, ed. Marion Glasscoe.  Exeter: Exeter University Press, 1980, 156-72.

Dickman, Susan. “A Showing of God’s Grace: The Book of Margery Kempe.” In Mysticism and Spirituality in Medieval England, ed. William F. Pollard and R. Boenig.  Woodbridge, Suffolk: D. S. Brewer, 159-76.

Dillon, J. “The Making of Desire in The Book of Margery Kempe.Leeds Studies in English, n.s. 26 (1995): 114-44.

Dillon, J. “Margery Kempe’s Sharp Confessors.” Leeds Studies in English, n.s. 27 (1996): 131-38.

Eberly, Susan. "Margery Kempe, St. Mary Magdalene, and Patterns of Contemplation." Downside Review 107, no. 368 (July 1989): 209-223.

Drucker, T. “The Malaise of Margery Kempe.” New York State Journal of Medicine 72 (1972): 2911-17.

Ellis, Deborah. “Margery Kempe and the Virgin’s Hot Caudle.” Essays in Arts and Sciences 14 (1985): 1-11.

Ellis, Deborah. “The Merchant’s Wife’s Tale: Language, Sex, and Commerce in Margery Kempe and in Chaucer.” Exemplaria 2 (1990): 595-626.

Ellis, Deborah. “Margery Kempe and King’s Lynn.” In Margery Kempe: A Book of Essays, ed. Sandra J. McEntire. New York: Garland, 1992, 139-63.

Erskine, John.  "Margery Kempe and Her Models:  The Role of the Authorial Voice."  Mystics Quarterly 15 (1989):  75--85. 

Fienberg, Nona. “Thematics of Value in Margery Kempe.” Modern Philology 87 (1989): 132-41.

Fredell, Joel. “Margery Kempe: Spectacle and Spiritual Governance.” Philological Quarterly 75 (1996): 132-41.

Fries, Maureen. “Margery Kempe.” In An Introduction to the Medieval Mystics of Europe, ed. Paul Szarmach. Albany: SUNY Press, 217-35.

Gallyon, Margaret. Margery Kempe of Lynn and Medieval England. Norwich: Canterbury Press, 1995.

Garrett, Charlotte. "The Soul Journey of Margery Kempe:  Hysteria, Vision, and Record." In  Sovereign Lady:  Essays on Women in Middle English Literature.  Ed. Muriel Whitaker.  Garland Reference Library of the Humanities,  v. 11.  New York:  Garland, 1995. 

Gibson, Gail McMurray. The Theater of Devotion: East Anglian Drama and Society in the Late Middle Ages. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1989, ch. 3.

Glenn, Cheryl. "Author, Audience and Autobiography: Rhetorical Technique in The Book of Margery Kempe." College English 54, no. 5 (Sept. 1992): 540-553.

Goodman, Anthony. “The Piety of John Brunham’s Daughter of Lynn.” In Medieval Women, ed. Derek Baker. Oxford: Blackwell, 347-58.

Harding, Wendy.  "Body into Text:  The Book of Margery Kempe." In Feminist Approaches to the Body in Medieval Literature, ed. Linda Lomperis and Sarah Stanbury.  Philadelphia:  University of Pennsylvania Press, 1993, 168-87. 

Higgs, Laquita. "Margery Kempe: 'Whete-Breed or Barely-Breed?" Mystics Quarterly 13, no. 2, (1987).

Harvey, N. L. “Margery Kempe: Writer as Creature.” Philological Quarterly 71 (1992): 173-84.

Hinderer, D. E. “On Rehabilitating Margery Kempe.” Studia Mystica 5 (1982): 27-43.

Hirsh, John C. “Author and Scribe in The Book of Margery Kempe.” Medium Aevum 44 (1975): 145-50.

Hirsh, John. “Margery Kempe.” In Middle English Prose: A Critical Guide to Major Authors and Genres, ed. A.S.G. Edwards.  New Brunswick: Rutgers Univ. Press, 109-19.

Hirsh, John. The Revelations of Margery Kempe: Paramystical Practices in Late Medieval England. Leiden: Brill, 1989.

Holbrook, Sue Ellen. “Order and Coherence in The Book of Margery Kempe.” In The Worlds of Medieval Women: Creativity, Influence, and Imagination, ed. Constance Berman et al. Morgantown, VA, 97-110.

Holbrook, Sue Ellen. “Margery Kempe and Wynkyn de Worde,” in The Medieval Mystical Tradition in England, Vol. 4, ed. Marion Glasscoe. Woodbridge, Suffolk: D. S. Brewer, 27-46.

Holbrook, Sue Ellen. “ ‘About Her’: Margery Kempe’s Book of Telling and Working.” In The Idea of Medieval Literature, ed. James Dean and Christian Zacher. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 265-84.

Holloway, Julia B. “Bride, Margery, Julian and Alice: Bridget of Sweden’s Textual Community in Medieval England.” In Margery Kempe: A Book of Essays, ed. Sandra J. McEntire. New York: Garland, 203-21.

Hoppenwasser, M. “The Human Burden of the Prophet: St. Birgitta’s Revelations and The Book of Margery Kempe.” Medieval Perspectives 8 (1993): 153-62.

Howes. L. L. “On the Birth of Margery Kempe’s Last Child.” Modern Philology 90 (1992): 220-25.

Kelliher. H. “The Rediscovery of Margery Kempe: A Footnote.” The British Library Journal 23 (1997): 259-63.

Lawton, David. “Voice, Authority and Blasphemy in The Book of Margery Kempe.” In Margery Kempe: A Book of Essays, ed. Sandra McEntire. New York: Garland, 93-115.

LeSaux, F. “ ‘Hir Not Lettryd’: Margery Kempe and Writing.” In Writing and Culture, ed. Balz Engler. Tubingen: G. Narr, 1992.

Lochrie, Karma. “The Book of Margery Kempe: The Marginal Woman’s Quest for Literary Authority.” Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies 16 (1986): 33-55.

Lochrie, Karma.  Margery Kempe and Translations of the Flesh. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1991. 

Long, J. “Mysticism and Hysteria: The Histories of Margery Kempe and Anna O.” In Feminist Readings in Middle English Literature, ed. Ruth Evans and Leslie Johnson. London: Routledge, 1994, 88-111.

McEntire, Sandra J. “The Doctrine of Compunction from Bede to Margery Kempe.” In The Medieval Mystical Tradition in England, Vol. 4, ed. Marion Glasscoe. Woodbridge, Suffolk, D. S. Brewer, 1987, 77-90.

McEntire, Sandra. Margery Kempe: A Book of Essays. New York: Garland, 1992. 

Maissonneuve, R. “Margery Kempe and the Eastern and Western Tradition of the ‘Perfect Fool’,” in The Medieval Mystical Tradition in England, Vol. 2, ed. Marion Glasscoe. Exeter: University of Exeter Press, 1982, 1-17.

Mueller, Janel M. "Autobiography of a New 'Creatur': Female Spirituality, Selfhood and Authorship in The Book of Margery Kempe." In The Female Autograph: Theory and Practice of Autobiography from the 10th to the 20th Century. Ed. Donna C. Stanton. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1984.

Neuburger, Varena. Margery Kempe: A Study in Early Feminism. New York: P. Lang, 1994.

Partner, Nancy. “ ‘And Most of All for Inordinate Love’: Desire and Denial in The Book of Margery Kempe.” Thought 64 (1989): 254-67.

Partner, Nancy. “Reading the Book of Margery Kempe.” Exemplaria 3 (1991): 254-67.

Ross, Ellen M. “ ‘She Wept and Cried Right Loud for Sorrow and for Pain’: Suffering, the Spiritual Journey, and Women’s Experience in Late Medieval Mysticism.” In Maps of Flesh and Light, ed. Ulrike Wiethaus. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1993, 45-59.

Ross, Ellen M. “Spiritual Experience and Women's Autibiography: The Rhetoric of Selfhood in The Book of Margery Kempe." Journal of the American Academy of Religion LIX, no. 3 (Fall 1991): 527-546.

Ross, R. C. “ ‘Oral Life, Written Text: The Genesis of The Book of Margery Kempe.” Yearbook of English Studies 22 (1992): 226-37.

Shklar, R. “ ‘Cobham’s Daughter: The Book of Margery Kempe and the Power of Heterodox Thinking.” Modern Language Quarterly 56 (1995): 277-304.

Smith, Sidonie. A Poetics of Women’s Autobiography: Marginality and the Fictions of Self-Representation. Bloomington: Indiana Univ. Press, 1987, ch. 4.

Slade, C. “The Mystical Experience of Angela of Foligno and Margery Kempe.” Religion and Literature 23 (1991): 109-26.

Staley, Lynn. Margery Kempe's Dissenting Fictions.  University Park:  Pennsylvania State University Press, 1994. 

Staley, Lynn [Johnson]. "Margery Kempe: Social Critic." Journal of Medieval and Rennaissance Studies  22:2 (Spring 1992): 159-84.

Staley, Lynn [Johnson]. "The Trope of the Scribe and the question of Literary Authority in the Works of Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe," Speculum 66 (1991). 

Startgardt, U. “The Beguines of Belgium, the Dominican Nuns of Germany, and Margery Kempe.” In The Popular Literature of Medieval England, ed. Thomas J. Heffernan. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1985, 277-313.

Stone, Robert Karl. Middle English Prose Style: Margery Kempe and Julian of Norwich. The Hague: Mouton, 1970. 

Thornton, Martin. Margery Kempe: An Example in the English Pastoral Tradition. London: S.P.C.K., 1960. 

Uhlman, D. R. “The Comfort of Voice, the Solace of Script: Orality and Literacy in The Book of Margery Kempe.” Studies in Philology 91 (1994): 50-69.

Voaden, Rosalynn.  "God's Almighty Hand:  Women Co-Writing the Book." In Women, the Book and the Godly:  Selected Proceedings of the St. Hilda's Conference, 1993,  ed. Lesley Smith and Jane H. M. Taylor.  Woodbridge and Rochester:  D. S. Brewer, 1995, 55-65. 

Voaden, Rosalynn. God’s Words, Women’s Voices: The Discernment of Spirits in the Writing of Late-Medieval Women Visionaries. Woodbridge, Suffolk: D. S. Brewer, 1999.

Wallace, David. “Mystics and Followers in Siena and East Anglia.” In The Medieval Mystical Tradition in England, Vol. 3, ed. Marion Glasscoe. Woodbridge, Suffolk: D. S. Brewer, 1984, 169-91.

Watkin, E. I. On Julian of Norwich, and In Defense of Margery Kempe. Exeter: University of Exeter, 1979. 

Weissman, Hope Phyllis. "Margery Kempe in Jerusalem: Hysterica Compassio in the Late Middle Ages." In Acts of Interpretation: The Test and its Contexts, 700-1600, ed. Mary J. Carruthers and Elisabeth D. Kirk. Norman, OK: Pilgrim Books, 1982.

Wiethaus, Ulrike, ed. Maps of Flesh and Light: The Religious Experience of Medieval Women Mystics. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1993.

Wilson, J. “Communities of Dissent: The Secular and Ecclesiastical Communities of Margery Kempe’s Book.” In Medieval Women in their Communities, ed. D. Watt. Cardiff, 1997, 155-85.

Wright, M. J. “What They Said to Margery Kempe: Narrative Reliability in her Book.” Neophilologus 79 (1995): 497-508.