The significance of the image of the child in Julian of Norwich’s A Revelation of Love
What is it about?
This article takes a closer look at the figure of the child in Julian of Norwich’s famous similitude of Christ as a mother and the Christian as his child in her contemplative work, A Revelation of Love. This essay demonstrates how Julian works within recognizable penitential and scriptural traditions of childhood imagery while transcending them. Julian’s depiction of the Christian as a “meke child” [meek child] strives to understand sin, guilt, and culpability within the constraints of humanity’s limited self-knowledge.
Why is it important?
Scholars have long focused on Julian’s innovative image of Christ as a Mother, but no one has directly addressed at length the theological and epistemological role of the child in her similitude. This article is the first to invite scholars in literature, theology, and history to consider the importance of the child in Julian’s work as both a hermeneutic model for reading A Revelation of Love and as an exploration of medieval conceptions of sin and self-knowledge.
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