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Type: Journal article
Title: The experience of exile in early modern English convents
Author: Walker, C.I.
Citation: Parergon: Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, 2017; 34(2):159-177
Publisher: Australian and New Zealand Association of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (Inc.)
Issue Date: 2017
ISSN: 0313-6221
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Claire Walker
Abstract: English Catholic women who established and joined expatriate convents in the southern Netherlands, France, and Portugal during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries were subject to both exile and strict monastic enclosure. Separation and suffering were therefore common tropes in convent narrative, iconography and ritual. This article argues that exile was an intrinsic feature of individual and corporate religious identity in the English cloisters. By articulating grief in convent writings and appropriating anguish within personal and communal piety, the expatriate nuns were both consoled and inspired to actively pursue their goal of returning their cloisters to England.
Rights: Copyright © 2017 Claire Walker
DOI: 10.1353/pgn.2017.0039
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