Body and Soul: Essays on Medieval Women and Mysticism

Paperback | October 1, 1990

byElizabeth Alvilda Petroff

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Opening a window onto a long-neglected world of women's experience, this text features eleven essays that examine the writings of medieval women mystics from England, France, Germany, Italy, and the Low Countries, providing close readings of a number of important texts from the viewpoint ofdifferent literary theories. Surveying various styles of hagiographical writing, the author offers ground-breaking scholarship on a broad range of topics such as how medieval holy women may have appeared to their contemporaries, medieval antifeminism, comparisons between earlier and later Christianmystical writing, the relationship between male confessors and female penitents in the Middle Ages, and the process by which these extraordinary women produced their work. For courses in religious, medieval, or women's studies, this unique text fills a conspicuous gap in an important and fascinatingfield of literature.

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Opening a window onto a long-neglected world of women's experience, this text features eleven essays that examine the writings of medieval women mystics from England, France, Germany, Italy, and the Low Countries, providing close readings of a number of important texts from the viewpoint ofdifferent literary theories. Surveying various...

Elizabeth Alvilda Petroff is at University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.17 × 6.14 × 0.67 inPublished:October 1, 1990Publisher:Oxford University Press

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I. Backgrounds1. Women and Mysticism in the Medieval World2. Unmasking Women: Medieval Responses to the Unknowability of the Lady3. A New Feminine Spirituality: The Beguines and Their Writings in Medieval Europe4. A Medieval Woman's Utopian Vision: The Rule of St. Clare of AssisiII. The Tradition of Holy Women: Change and Continuity5. Eloquence and Heroic Virginity in Hrotsvit's Verse Legends6. Transforming the World: The Serpent-Dragon and the Virgin Saint7. "She Seemed to Have Come from the Desert": Italian Women Saints and the Vitae Patrum CycleIII. Women Mystics and the Acquisition of Authority8. Male Confessors and Female Penitents: Possibilities for Dialogue9. The Rhetoric of Transgression in the Lives of Italian Women Saints10. Gender, Knowledge, and Power in Hadewijch Strophische Gedichten11. Writing the Body: Male and Female in the Writings of Marguerite d'Oingt, Angela of Foligno, and Umilta of FaenzaIndex

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"A much needed examination of the role of medieval women in mysticism and therefore their contribution to Christianity."--Carolyn D. Belvins, Carson-Newman College