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Asceticism in the Christian Transformation of Self in Margery Kempe, William Thorpe, and John Rogers
Warren, Martin L.


This study examines three texts to show how the practice of asceticism leads to the creation of self and self-narration: the Book of Margery Kempe; the Examination of William Thorpe; and John Rogers’s Ohel or Beth-Shemesh. It first discusses the development of Christian asceticism (eremitic and cenobitic) and its purpose, and then goes on to compare the three texts.

Table of Contents

Table of contents (main headings): Introduction 1. The Development of Christian Asceticism (Egyptian Cenobite; John Cassian; the Benedictine rule) 2. Margery Kempe (female spirituality; medieval theology and women; virginal integrity-the goal of holiness; marriage and sexuality in the lives of Margery Kempe and contemporaries) 3. William Thorpe – A Self-Textualization in the Style of Heroic Hagiography of the Eremitic Ascetics (St. Anthony; Temptation and Trial; the Wilderness Church) 4. John Rogers – The “Confession of Experience” as a Technology of the Self (Lollards; predestination; Calvinism; John Bunyan; Confessional Experience) Conclusion Bibliography; Index

ISBN10:  0-7734-6772-6   ISBN13:  978-0-7734-6772-9    Pages:  200    Year:  2003   

Series: Studies in Religion and Society Number: 60

Subject Areas:  Literature - Medieval, Religion & Patristics - Medieval, Religion & Society, Women & Religion - Religion,

Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press

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