Until We See His Blessed Face: Sight as Privileged Insight in the Spirituality of Margery Kempe

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Until We See His Blessed Face: Sight as Privileged Insight in the Spirituality of Margery Kempe

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Title: Until We See His Blessed Face: Sight as Privileged Insight in the Spirituality of Margery Kempe
Author: Marksbury, Erika
Keywords: Ritualized weeping
Date: 2009
Publisher: Interdisciplinary Doctoral Student Council at the University of Missouri- Kansas City
Citation: Journal of Interdisciplinary Research, Volume 3, Number 1, pp. 119-136
Abstract: his paper explores how, despite an inherited Christian tradition that worked to elevate hearing and denigrate sight in an unofficial hierarchy of the senses, the fifteenth-century English mystic Margery Kempe came to privilege sight as a vehicle through which to achieve intimacy with Jesus. The paper suggests that for Kempe, sight gave way to vision, and this experience was achieved through a pattern of ritualized weeping. While some of her critical contemporaries viewed Kempe as an anomaly, this spiritual pattern locates her in a long and wide tradition of religious men and women who receive, both literally and metaphorically, new vision and insight following experiences of weeping.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10355/10105
ISSN: 1937-2647

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