Journal Article

In a Hazelnut: Julian of Norwich in Contemporary Women’s Poetry

Sarah Law

in Literature and Theology

Volume 25, issue 1, pages 92-108
Published in print March 2011 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online January 2011 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/frq069
In a Hazelnut: Julian of Norwich in Contemporary Women’s Poetry

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Julian of Norwich, a 14th-century anchoress who is the first woman known to have written a book in English, remains a figure of spiritual, cultural and literary interest. In popular spirituality, Julian’s text is frequently plundered to promote easy messages of spiritual hope. She has also been quoted, with more complexity, in poetry, famously by T.S. Eliot at the conclusion of ‘Little Gidding’. Drawing on Luce Irigaray’s concept of the veiled woman as a site of projection, I will look at how four women poets, specifically Denise Levertov, Kathleen Jamie, Lisa Samuels and Frances Presley have also explored Julian’s visionary ‘Showings’ in poetry, in ways that move from the biographically speculative towards the more linguistically enquiring.

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Subjects: Literature ; Religion and Art, Literature, and Music

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