Laughing at the Devil

Seeing the World with Julian of Norwich

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Amy Laura Hall
  • Durham, NC: 
    Duke University Press
    , August
     2018.
     144 pages.
     $18.95.
     Paperback.
    ISBN
    9781478000259.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Andrew Lee forthcoming.

Description

Laughing at the Devil is an invitation to see the world with a medieval visionary now known as Julian of Norwich, believed to be the first woman to have written a book in English. (We do not know her given name, because she became known by the name of a church that became her home.) Julian “saw our Lord scorn [the Devil's] wickedness” and noted that “he wants us to do the same.” In this impassioned, analytic, and irreverent book, Amy Laura Hall emphasizes Julian's call to scorn the Devil. Julian of Norwich envisioned courage during a time of fear. Laughing at the Devil describes how a courageous woman transformed a setting of dread into hope, solidarity, and resistance.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Amy Laura Hall is Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at Duke University Divinity School. She is the author of Kierkegaard and the Treachery of Love; Conceiving Parenthood: American Protestantism and the Spirit of Reproduction; and Writing Home, With Love: Politics for Neighbors and Naysayers.

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