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The Writings of Julian of Norwich: A Vision Showed to a Devout Woman and a Revelation of Love (Brepols Medieval Women Series)

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Julian of Norwich (ca. 1343–ca. 1416), a contemporary of Geoffrey Chaucer, William Langland, and John Wyclif, is the earliest woman writer of English we know about. Although she described herself as “a simple creature unlettered,” Julian is now widely recognized as one of the great speculative theologians of the Middle Ages, whose thinking about God as love has made a permanent contribution to the tradition of Christian belief. Despite her recent popularity, however, Julian is usually read only in translation and often in extracts rather than as a whole.

This book presents a much-needed new edition of Julian’s writings in Middle English, one that makes possible the serious reading and study of her thought not just for students and scholars of Middle English but also for those with little or no previous experience with the language.

• Separate texts of both Julian’s works, A Vision Showed to a Devout Woman and A Revelation of Love, with modern punctuation and paragraphing and partly regularized spelling.

• A second, analytic edition of A Vision printed underneath the text of A Revelation to show what was left out, changed, or added as Julian expanded the earlier work into the later one.

• Facing-page explanatory notes, with translations of difficult words and phrases, cross-references to other parts of the text, and citations of biblical and other sources.

• A thoroughly accessible introduction to Julian’s life and writings.

• An appendix of medieval and early modern records relating to Julian and her writings.

• An analytic bibliography of editions, translations, scholarly studies, and other works.

The most distinctive feature of this volume is the editors’ approach to the manuscripts. Middle English editions habitually retain original spellings of their base manuscript intact and only emend that manuscript when its readings make no sense. At once more interventionist and more speculative, this edition synthesizes readings from all the surviving manuscripts, with careful justification of each choice involved in this process. For readers who are not concerned with textual matters, the result will be a more readable and satisfying text. For Middle English scholars, the edition is intended both as a hypothesis and as a challenge to the assumptions the field brings to the business of editing.

Synopsis:

Julian of Norwich (c. 1343c. 1416), a contemporary of Geoffrey Chaucer, William Langland, and John Wyclif, is the earliest woman writer of English we know about. Although she described herself as "a simple creature unlettered," Julian is now widely recognized as one of the great speculative theologians of the Middle Ages, whose thinking about God as love has made a permanent contribution to the tradition of Christian belief. Despite her recent popularity, however, Julian is usually read only in translation and often in extracts rather than as a whole.This book presents a much-needed new edition of Julian's writings in Middle English, one that makes possible the serious reading and study of her thought not just for students and scholars of Middle English but also for those with little or no previous experience with the language.

Synopsis:

This book presents a much needed new edition of Julian's writings in Middle English, one that makes possible the serious reading and study of her thought not just for students and scholars of Middle English but for those with little or no previous experience with the language.

About the Author

Nicholas Watson is Professor of English at Harvard University. He is co-editor of two Penn State Press books: The Idea of the Vernacular: An Anthology of Middle English Literary Theory, 1280–1520 (1999) and The Vulgar Tongue: Medieval and Postmedieval Vernacularity (2003).J

acqueline Jenkins is Associate Professor of English at the University of Calgary. She co-edited St. Katherine of Alexandria: Texts and Contexts in Western Medieval Europe (2003).

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Preface

Acknowledgments

INTRODUCTION

Part One: On Julian and Her Writings

Part Two: On Readers of Julian’s Writings

Part Three: On Editing Julian’s Writings

Part Four: On Using This Edition

A Vision Showed to a Devout Woman

A Revelation of Love

Textual Notes

APPENDIX: RECORDS AND RESPONSES, 1394-1674

A. The Westminster Revelation (with Hugh Kempster)

B. Bequests to Julian of Norwich, 1393-1416

C. Excerpt from The Book of Margery Kempe (chapter 18)

D. The Cambrai Nuns” Margaret Gascoigne and the Upholland Manuscript

E. Serenus Cressy’s Edition of a Revelation and the Stilling fleet Controversy

Bibliography (by Amy Appleford)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780271025476
Editor:
Watson, Nicholas
Editor:
Jenkins, Jacquelin
Editor:
Jenkins, Jacqueline
Editor:
Watson, Nicholas
Editor:
Jenkins, Jacquelin
Author:
Watson, Nicholas
Author:
Jenkins, Jacqueline
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
Christianity - Theology - History
Subject:
Christian Theology - History
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
Writings of Julian of Norwich
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A Vision Showed to a Devout Woman and A Revelation of Love
Subject:
Brepols Medieval Women Series
Subject:
Nicholas Watson
Subject:
Jacqueline Jenkins
Subject:
0-271-02547-6
Subject:
woman writer
Subject:
Middle English
Subject:
Religious Studies
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
Medieval studies
Subject:
God as love
Subject:
A Vision Showed to a Devout Woman
Subject:
A Revelation of Love
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Brepols Medieval Women Series
Publication Date:
20070331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
488
Dimensions:
10 x 7 x 1 in 1.95 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Julian of Norwich (c. 1343c. 1416), a contemporary of Geoffrey Chaucer, William Langland, and John Wyclif, is the earliest woman writer of English we know about. Although she described herself as "a simple creature unlettered," Julian is now widely recognized as one of the great speculative theologians of the Middle Ages, whose thinking about God as love has made a permanent contribution to the tradition of Christian belief. Despite her recent popularity, however, Julian is usually read only in translation and often in extracts rather than as a whole.This book presents a much-needed new edition of Julian's writings in Middle English, one that makes possible the serious reading and study of her thought not just for students and scholars of Middle English but also for those with little or no previous experience with the language.
"Synopsis" by , This book presents a much needed new edition of Julian's writings in Middle English, one that makes possible the serious reading and study of her thought not just for students and scholars of Middle English but for those with little or no previous experience with the language.
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