The New Middle Ages

Eloquent Virgins

The Rhetoric of Virginity from Thecla to Joan of Arc

Authors: McInerney, M.

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The tales of the virgin martyrs inevitably emphasize the torture and mutilation of beautiful young women. To the modern reader, these popular texts seem like exercises in sadism, but while they could be made to function as vehicles for active misogyny, they also provided Medieval women such as Hildegard of Bingen and Joan of Arc with role models who helped them to shape their own extraordinary destinies. This book explores the ability of the virgin body to generate contradictory meanings, both repressive and liberating, depending on who told the tale and how it was told.

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MAUD BURNETT MCINERNEY teaches English and Medieval Studies at Haverford College.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Eloquent Virgins
Book Subtitle
The Rhetoric of Virginity from Thecla to Joan of Arc
Authors
Series Title
The New Middle Ages
Copyright
2003
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-06451-6
DOI
10.1007/978-1-137-06451-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-312-22350-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-62301-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 250
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