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Promised BodiesTime, Language, and Corporeality in Medieval Women's Mystical Texts$
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Patricia Dailey

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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(p.157) Conclusion
Promised Bodies

Patricia Dailey

Columbia University Press

This concluding chapter states that a fuller theological understanding of the embodiments of inner and outer persons, together with their relation to reading, time, interpretation, and practice, enables new ways of thinking about and across period, genre, and gender. It also emphasizes a performative aspect of embodiment that is recognizable in medieval women's mystical texts—one that highlights the theological as a literary and enacted poetics. The chapter briefly outlines how Hadewijch's attention to the letter, textuality, reading, interpretation, the domains of inner and outer, and performing works might be further contrasted with other women's mystical texts. While the expression of these phenomena may differ for each mystic, the significance of joining the letter to inner and outer persons is prevalent in mystical texts in ways that generate a better understanding of the invocation of embodiment and its consequences in relation to the letter.

Keywords:   inner person, outer person, embodiment, Hadewijch, women's mystical texts, theological poetics

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