Asceticism in the Christian Transformation of Self in Margery Kempe, William Thorpe, and John Rogers

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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):
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)
Bibliography; Index

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