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I examine the theological and ideological construction of the body, and especially the grotesque female body, in two different contexts: first in Julian of Norwich's Showings, a 14th-century English mystical text, where I argue that in her construction of Jesus as mother, she subverts constructions of the female body and experiences God through the female body rather than in spite of it. Secondly, I address the Salem Witch Trials, where constructions of the body of the witch are sexually and racially marked in a way that is perpetuated in modern historiography and fiction about the trials. Both sections are centered around the narrative production of grotesque and transgressive femininity and motherhood and its role in theological and historical narratives in medieval England and early modern America. Works Consulted.
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