I’m not quite sure what it is about the medieval texts we’ve been reading, but I, personally, find them so much easier to understand, which makes me in turn enjoy them a lot more.
In our discussions this week on The Showings of Julian of Norwich and The Book of Margery Kempe, I was struck by the idea that religion could define someone entirely. While this is certainly not just a medieval notion, especially as it still exists today for many people, this concept is a difficult one for me to fully understand. My brother is very orthodox, and his identity is largely shaped by his religion, but the nature of the selfhood suggested by Margery and Julian is a step beyond this.
During the reading for today, The Book of Margery Kempe and our recent discussions on temporality, I began to draw relationships between the books read during the first part of the class to our current period. In The Book of Margery Kempe and in previous readings throughout the semester, the value of love has been shown to persevere. Continue reading