Gendered Voices: Medieval Saints and Their Interpreters

Gendered Voices: Medieval Saints and Their Interpreters

by Catherine M. Mooney
     
 

ISBN-10: 0812216873

ISBN-13: 9780812216875

Pub. Date: 06/28/1999

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.

"These studies . . . not only illuminate the past with a fierce and probing light but also raise, with nuance and power, fundamental issues of interpretation and method."—from the Foreword by Caroline Walker Bynum

Female saints, mystics, and visionaries have been much studied in recent years. Relatively little attention has been paid, however, to the ways

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"These studies . . . not only illuminate the past with a fierce and probing light but also raise, with nuance and power, fundamental issues of interpretation and method."—from the Foreword by Caroline Walker Bynum

Female saints, mystics, and visionaries have been much studied in recent years. Relatively little attention has been paid, however, to the ways in which their experiences and voices were mediated by the men who often composed their vitae, served as their editors and scribes, or otherwise encouraged, protected, and collaborated with the women in their writing projects. What strategies can be employed to discern and distinguish the voices of these high and late medieval women from those of their scribes and confessors? In those rare cases where we have both the women's own writings and writings about them by their male contemporaries, how do the women's self-portrayals diverge from the male portrayals of them? Finally, to what extent are these portrayals of sanctity by the saints and their contemporaries influenced not so much by gender as by genre?

Catherine Mooney brings together a distinguished group of contributors who explore these and other issues as they relate to seven holy women and their male interpreters and one male saint who claims to incorporate the words of a female follower in an account of his own life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812216875
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date:
06/28/1999
Series:
The Middle Ages Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.92(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
List of Abbreviations
1Voice, Gender, and the Portrayal of Sanctity1
2Hildegard and Her Hagiographers: The Remaking of Female Sainthood16
3Holy Woman or Unworthy Vessel? The Representations of Elisabeth of Schonau35
4Imitatio Christi or Imitatio Mariae? Clare of Assisi and Her Interpreters52
5Inside Out: Beatrice of Nazareth and Her Hagiographer78
6A Marriage and Its Observer: Christine of Stommeln, the Heavenly Bridegroom, and Friar Peter of Dacia99
7Henry Suso and Elsbeth Stagel: Was the Vita a Cooperative Effort?118
8Mystical Death, Bodily Death: Catherine of Siena and Raymond of Capua on the Mystic's Encounter with God136
9Authorizing a Life: The Collaboration of Dorothea of Montau and John Marienwerder168
Notes193
The Saints and Their Interpreters: Selected Primary Sources in Original Languages257
Contributors261
Index of Modern Authors265
General Index270
Acknowledgments277

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