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Promised Bodies: Time, Language, and Corporeality in Medieval Women's Mystical Texts

Patricia Dailey


In the Christian tradition, especially in the works of Paul, Augustine, and the exegetes of the Middle Ages, the body is a twofold entity consisting of inner and outer persons that promises to find its true materiality in a time to come. A potentially transformative vehicle, it is a dynamic mirror that can reflect the work of the divine within and substantially alter its own materiality if receptive to divine grace. The writings of Hadewijch of Brabant, a thirteenth-century beguine, engage with this tradition in sophisticated ways both singular to her mysticism and indicative of the theologica ... More

Keywords: Paul, Augustine, Middle Ages, Hadewijch of Bradant, visions, Julian of Norwich, Hildergard of Bingen, Marguerite of Oingt, mystics, visionaries

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780231161206
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231161206.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patricia Dailey, author
Columbia University

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