Margery Kempe, racialised soundscapes, sonic wars, and cosmopolitan Jerusalem
in Encountering The Book of Margery Kempe
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This chapter re-examines Margery Kempe’s Jerusalem pilgrimage in relation to Jerusalem’s multiracial soundscapes and the place of her orthodox Christian tears within this soundscape. Margery Kempe’s tears are quotidian in the cosmopolitan soundscapes of multiracial and multireligious late medieval Jerusalem. This analysis also includes an interactive portion in the form of a Margery Kempe YouTube channel that has 360-degree video. This interactive DH section also rethinks feminist immersive DH models in relation to 360-degree video versus virtual reality and how race, gender, disability inform feminist DH models in working with immersive DH. Finally, the chapter considers Margery Kempe’s tears in her return to a white hegemonic Christian England and the issue of white women’s tears in affective devotion.

Editors: Laura Kalas and Laura Varnam

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