The Problematic Pilgrim: Rethinking Margery's Pilgrim Identity in The Book of Margery Kempe.

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  • Author(s): BAILEY, ANNE E.1
  • Source:
    Chaucer Review. 2020, Vol. 55 Issue 2, p171-196. 26p.
  • Document Type:
    Article
  • Additional Information
    • Subject Terms:
    • Author-Supplied Keywords:
      female spirituality
      female travel
      Margery Kempe
      pilgrimage
      Wife of Bath
    • Abstract:
      Along with Chaucer's Wife of Bath, Margery Kempe is the best known female pilgrim in late medieval England. However, The Book of Margery Kempe portrays its pious protagonist as a radically different kind of pilgrim from that of Chaucer's fun-loving Alisoun, who represents a fairly damning critique of female pilgrimage in the late Middle Ages. This article reassesses Margery's pilgrim identity, particularly in the light of fifteenth-century criticism of female pilgrimage. Focusing on Margery's narrative persona, it argues that the pilgrim label given to Margery by scholars is not one intended by the author herself. Close examination reveals that Margery's travel motivations, journey destinations, and religious activities place her outside normative pilgrimage practices. Given her lofty spiritual aspirations and her identification with saintly role models, the article also asks whether Margery even envisaged herself as a pilgrim at all. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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    • Author Affiliations:
      1University of Oxford, Oxford, England
    • ISSN:
      0009-2002
    • Accession Number:
      10.5325/chaucerrev.55.2.0171
    • Accession Number:
      142338907
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      BAILEY, A. E. The Problematic Pilgrim: Rethinking Margery’s Pilgrim Identity in The Book of Margery Kempe. Chaucer Review, [s. l.], v. 55, n. 2, p. 171–196, 2020. DOI 10.5325/chaucerrev.55.2.0171. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hlh&AN=142338907. Acesso em: 19 out. 2020.
    • AMA:
      BAILEY AE. The Problematic Pilgrim: Rethinking Margery’s Pilgrim Identity in The Book of Margery Kempe. Chaucer Review. 2020;55(2):171-196. doi:10.5325/chaucerrev.55.2.0171
    • APA:
      BAILEY, A. E. (2020). The Problematic Pilgrim: Rethinking Margery’s Pilgrim Identity in The Book of Margery Kempe. Chaucer Review, 55(2), 171–196. https://doi.org/10.5325/chaucerrev.55.2.0171
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      BAILEY, ANNE E. 2020. “The Problematic Pilgrim: Rethinking Margery’s Pilgrim Identity in The Book of Margery Kempe.” Chaucer Review 55 (2): 171–96. doi:10.5325/chaucerrev.55.2.0171.
    • Harvard:
      BAILEY, A. E. (2020) ‘The Problematic Pilgrim: Rethinking Margery’s Pilgrim Identity in The Book of Margery Kempe’, Chaucer Review, 55(2), pp. 171–196. doi: 10.5325/chaucerrev.55.2.0171.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      BAILEY, AE 2020, ‘The Problematic Pilgrim: Rethinking Margery’s Pilgrim Identity in The Book of Margery Kempe’, Chaucer Review, vol. 55, no. 2, pp. 171–196, viewed 19 October 2020, .
    • MLA:
      BAILEY, ANNE E. “The Problematic Pilgrim: Rethinking Margery’s Pilgrim Identity in The Book of Margery Kempe.” Chaucer Review, vol. 55, no. 2, Apr. 2020, pp. 171–196. EBSCOhost, doi:10.5325/chaucerrev.55.2.0171.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      BAILEY, ANNE E. “The Problematic Pilgrim: Rethinking Margery’s Pilgrim Identity in The Book of Margery Kempe.” Chaucer Review 55, no. 2 (April 2020): 171–96. doi:10.5325/chaucerrev.55.2.0171.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      BAILEY AE. The Problematic Pilgrim: Rethinking Margery’s Pilgrim Identity in The Book of Margery Kempe. Chaucer Review [Internet]. 2020 Apr [cited 2020 Oct 19];55(2):171–96. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hlh&AN=142338907