Envy and Exemplarity in The Book of Margery Kempe

  title={Envy and Exemplarity in The Book of Margery Kempe},
  author={Jessica Rosenfeld},
  pages={105 - 121}
Abstract This essay reexamines Margery Kempe’s competitiveness as a facet of the emotion of envy. Long seen as a petty, nasty emotion, envy has recently been recuperated by Sianne Ngai as possessing critical agency in its capacity to address social inequality and negotiate one’s relationship to exemplary models. Kempe’s Book is suffused with portraits of Margery’s envy of her neighbors (and vice versa), her envy of holy women such as Mary Magdalene, and depictions of envy as a form of suffering… 

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