Power, Gender And Christian Mysticism: POWER GENDER & CHRISTIAN MYSTI by Grace M. JantzenPower, Gender And Christian Mysticism: POWER GENDER & CHRISTIAN MYSTI by Grace M. Jantzen

Power, Gender And Christian Mysticism: POWER GENDER & CHRISTIAN MYSTI

byGrace M. JantzenEditorDuncan Forrester, Alistair Kee

Paperback | January 26, 1996

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In Western Christianity, the mystic was seen as having direct access to God, and therefore great authority. Dr. Jantzen discusses how men of power defined and controlled who should count as a mystic, and thus who would have power: women were pointedly excluded. The modern philosophical assumption that mysticism is essentially about intense subjective experiences is misguided. This book is the first on the subject to take issues of gender seriously, and to use them as a point of entry for a deconstructive approach to Christian mysticism.
Title:Power, Gender And Christian Mysticism: POWER GENDER & CHRISTIAN MYSTIFormat:PaperbackDimensions:404 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.91 inPublished:January 26, 1996Publisher:Cambridge University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521479266

ISBN - 13:9780521479264


Table of Contents

1. Feminists, philosophers and mystics; 2. Mystics, martyrs and honorary males; 3. The mystical meaning of scripture; 4. Mystical theology and the erotic other; 5. 'Cry out and write': mysticism and the struggle for authority; 6. The visions of virgins: spirituality and sexual control; 7. Heretics and witches; 8. The language of ineffability; 9. Conclusion: mysticism and modernity; References; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"Jantzen's work....offers a wide-ranging discussion of the social construction of mysticism in Christianity from early exegetical spirituality, through the developments of Dionysius the Areopagite, a number of medieval case studies, to an examination of modern academic mis-readings of mystical texts. It is full of spicy critiques of other scholars, and is energized by a dauntless intention to unmask gender oppression wherever it may be lurking. ...Jantzen does an absolutely stellar job in relieving us once and for all...of the modern preoccupation with a putative "core" experience common universally to all mystics." Mark A. McIntosh, Pro Ecclesia