Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Promised BodiesTime, Language, and Corporeality in Medieval Women's Mystical Texts$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Patricia Dailey

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231161206

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231161206.001.0001

Show Summary Details

The Mystic’s Two Bodies

The Mystic’s Two Bodies

The Temporal and Material Poetics of Visionary Texts

Chapter:
(p.63) 2 The Mystic’s Two Bodies
Source:
Promised Bodies
Author(s):

Patricia Dailey

Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231161206.003.0003

This chapter explores the temporal and interpretive roles of inner and outer bodies in connecting visions to embodied experience. Focusing on Hadewijch's Visions, and at the same time looking into St. Hildegard's and Marguerite d'Oingt's visionary activity, the chapter discusses how visions emphasize the inner person's relation to the outer, helping to shape the embodiment of spiritual life from the inside out. Hadewijch's visions demonstrate how her representations of inner and outer persons perform in temporal and mnemonic ways derived from Paul and Augustine, yet adopt functions closely aligned with the commentators of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries—who were greatly influenced by Origen. In women's visions, the inner senses read and perceive divine truths and navigate the vision like a living text. However, the lesson of the vision does not end there; it must be performed by the outer person, and hence translated into the language of lived embodiments.

Keywords:   inner bodies, outer bodies, Hadewijch, Visions, St. Hildegard, Marguerite d'Oingt, visionary, divine truths, lived embodiments

Columbia Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .