The Mystical Gesture: Essays on Medieval and Early Modern Spiritual Culture in Honor of Mary E. Giles

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Tightly organized around central themes, the essays assembled in The Mystical Gesture examine spiritual culture as disseminated by texts andwriters across Western Europe from the thirteenth to seventeenth centuries, with a primary focus on 16th- century Spain. How poetry or drama intersected with devotion and mysticism, how rhetoric served spirituality, and how conceptions of gender were shaped by-and in turn helped to shape-spiritual culture are themes that these essays explore and illuminate. The contributors to this volume examine the writings of visionaries, mystics, nuns who were poets or scholars, and creative writers whose work centered on spiritual themes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754601234
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/1/2000
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.78 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction, Robert Boenig; Tribute to Mary E. Giles,Kathryn Hohlwein; Mechthild von Magdeburg, the Devil and Antichrist, Frank Tobin; The spirituality of Piers Plowman, M.Clemente Davlin, O. P.; Doubled truth: Skeptical fideism, pseudo-Dionysius, and The Second Shepherds' Play, Robert Boenig; Ecstasy, prophecy, and reform: Catherine of Siena as a model for Holy women of sixteenth-century Spain, Gillian T. W. Ahlgren; Bernadino de Laredo's Treatise on the mysteries of St. Joseph and the Evangelization of Mexico, Joseph F. Chorpenning; What's in a name: On Teresa of Avila's Book, Elizabeth Rhodes; Teresa and her sisters, Jane Ackerman; Demonizing ecstasy: Alonso de la Fuente and the Alumbrados of Extremadura, Alison Weber; The beautiful dove, the body divine: Luisa de Carvajal y Mendoza's mystical poetics, Michael Bradburn-Ruster; Cecilia de Nacimiento: Mystic in the tradition of John of the cross, Evelyn Toft; Inside my body is the body of God: Margaret Mary Alacque and the tradition of embodied mysticism, Wendy M. Wright; Making use of the Holy office: Exploring the contents and concepts of Sor Juana's reference to the Inquisition in the Respuesta a Sor Filotea, Amanda Powell; List of contributors; Index.
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