Showings of Julian Norwich

ISBN-10: 0393979156

ISBN-13: 9780393979152

Edition: 2004

Authors: Julian of Norwich, Denise N. Baker

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Carefully edited for the undergraduate reader, this Norton Critical Edition includes an informed introduction, focusing on Julian's theology and preparing students to understand the complex, controversial themes of the text, particularly Julian's solution to the problem of evil in Revelation XIII and XIV. Paragraph divisions have been organized to emphasize the thematic units of each chapter, and the sentences have been punctuated for clarity. The text included is a Middle English edition, based on the Paris manuscript (1580'1650) of the long text, with language akin to Chaucer's and therefore more accessible than other Middle English editions. "Contexts" includes contemporary texts that help students better understand Julian's originality, including selections from works by Margery Kempe, Augustine, Aelred of Rievaulx, and Walter Hilton. "Criticism" brings together interpretations that address the themes and style of the Showings by Sandra McEntire, Lynn Staley, B. A. Windeatt, and David Aers, among others. A Selected Bibliography is also included.
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List price: $9.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/4/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

Little is known about this mystic writer who took up residence in St. Julian's Church, Norwich, England. The Showings are her meditations on her mystical experiences of May 8, 1373. Influenced by Neo-Platonism, she sees evil as less real than good. She focuses on the love of God and the care of Christ as mother for those who are devoted to him.

The Language of the Paris Manuscript
A Glossary of Frequently Used Words
The Text of Showings
The Short Text of A Book of Showings [A Woman as Teacher]
The Book of Margery Kempe
[A Visit with Julian of Norwich]
[Meditation on the Passion]
The Trinity [The Two Parts of the Mind]
The Scale of Perfection [The Two Parts of the Soul]
De Institutione Inclusarum [Jesus as Mother]
Ancrene Wisse (A Guide for Anchoresses) [Jesus as Mother]
From The Life of an Anchoress
[The Trope of the Scribe and the Question of Literary Authority in the Texts of Julian of Norwich]
From The Humanity of Christ: Reflections on Julian of Norwich's Revelation of Love
From The Likeness of God and the Restoration of Humanity in Julian of Norwich's Showings
[Human Nature: The Image of God]
[Jesus as Mother]
The Art of Mystical Loving: Julian of Norwich
Selected Bibliography
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