Abstract

This article explores the evocative parallels between Goscelin of St. Bertin’s Liber confortatorius and the Middle English Pearl, focusing in particular on the allusive female figures at the heart of each text. In examining the similarities, it pays close attention to the representation of death and the afterlife. Both Goscelin’s Liber and Pearl are consolatory poems, although the Liber is often read primarily as an early guide for a woman recluse. This article argues that placing Pearl within the same anchoritic tradition, a tradition strongly embedded within medieval women’s literary culture, throws new light on the poem.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1528-4204
Print ISSN
0009-2002
Pages
pp. 31-48
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-21
Open Access
No
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