Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Chair/Advisor

Elizabeth Rivlin

Committee Member

Erin Goss

Committee Member

William Stockton

Committee Member

Caroline Dunn


In this thesis, I argue that in Revelations of Divine Love, Julian of Norwich uses the topic of enclosure (both in flesh and stone) as a means to delineate her arguments regarding the role of intermediaries and the way they can facilitate access to God while opening opportunities for dialogue within the broader public. Through a close-reading and historical contextualization of her writing on the topic of enclosure, I demonstrate that even some of Julian’s more controversial doctrinal claims can be reconciled if one understands the levels and role she assigned to intermediaries.



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