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The Transformative Nature of Gender: The Coding of St. Brigit of Kildare through Hagiography

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The Transformative Nature of Gender: The Coding of St. Brigit of Kildare through Hagiography

Marcil Johnston, Liliane Catherine (2012) The Transformative Nature of Gender: The Coding of St. Brigit of Kildare through Hagiography. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Abstract

This study examines how gender is portrayed in the hagiographic tradition surrounding St. Brigit of Kildare. In particular, it provides an in-depth look at how Brigit, as presented in her hagiographies, constantly undergoes gender transformations. These gender transformations are analyzed using material gained from a study of the way women were viewed in the early Medieval period, with an emphasis placed on how they were viewed in Ireland during the same period. A focus on the theology about women of the time, Irish spirituality and the theology behind it, as well as the conventions of hagiography and in particular the special characteristics of Irish hagiography are also offered.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Theological Studies
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Marcil Johnston, Liliane Catherine
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Theological Studies
Date:15 December 2012
Thesis Supervisor(s):Bright, Pamela
Keywords:Brigit of Kildare, Hagiography, Irish Hagiography, Folklore, Medieval Ireland, Medieval Gender Theory and Theology, Gender Transformation.
ID Code:975012
Deposited By: LILY CATHERINE MARCIL JOHNSTON
Deposited On:13 Jun 2013 20:15
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:39
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