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Virgin Passions: Romance, <i>Raptus</i>, Ritual

JOCELYN WOGAN-BROWNE

in Saints' Lives and Women's Literary Culture, 1150-1300

Published in print March 2001 | ISBN: 9780198112792
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191707599 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112792.003.0004
Virgin Passions: Romance, Raptus, Ritual

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This chapter further places the romance of virgin martyr hagiography by looking not only at the virgin's nuptial and dotal relation with Christ, but at her argument with the pagan tyrant. This involves attention to both historical development and to literary structural analysis of the passio. It argues that by the later 12th century, the central conflict of hagiography is shifting to a conflict seen in gender rather than generational terms, in what is generally understood as romancing and feminizing development.

Keywords: virgins; virginity; martyr; hagiography; passio

Chapter.  17543 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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