Date of Award

Spring 5-5-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Marlene Hennessy

Second Advisor

Janet Neary

Academic Program Adviser

Janet Neary


This thesis explores the complexities in the mysticism and literary authority of Margery Kempe as the author of her book. I consider Margery’s struggles for the acceptance of her devotion to Christ in her status as a laywoman in the context of late medieval English spirituality to challenge medieval misogyny.



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