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

Patricia Dailey

Abstract

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

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Patricia Dailey, author
Columbia University

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