Session Title

Writing Medieval Women Mystics

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Special Session

Organizer Name

Daniel Armenti

Organizer Affiliation

Univ. of Massachusetts-Amherst

Presider Name

Nahir I. Otaño Gracia

Presider Affiliation

Univ. of Pennsylvania

Paper Title 1

Catherine of Siena's Apocalyptic Authority: Pearls and Lambs in The Dialogue

Presenter 1 Name

Catherine Annette Grisé

Presenter 1 Affiliation

McMaster Univ.

Paper Title 2

Clerics' Words, God’s Voice?: The Ventriloquism of Female Visionaries in Late Medieval Germany

Presenter 2 Name

Cait Stevenson

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Univ. of Notre Dame

Paper Title 3

A Nun's Vision in Winchester

Presenter 3 Name

Victoria Kent Worth

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Univ. of Massachusetts-Amherst

Start Date

17-5-2015 10:30 AM

Session Location

Valley II LeFevre Lounge

Description

In honor of Elizabeth Petroff, this panel is seeking papers that discuss the writings of medieval women mystics, and their experience as authors during the Middle Ages. Although standing outside of the canonical texts of the Middle Ages, the writings of women mystics and visionaries provide an important viewpoint from which to understand medieval experience and culture. Petroff wrote, “women mystics were a vital force in medieval culture, but they were rarely mainstream figures”; the impact of these writers may be seen through the variety of genres with which they are associated, from hagiography and religious sermons to poetry and theater. Panelists might consider topics such as the relationship of body, voice, and mystical experience; speech, power, and silence; authority, authorship, and transgression; innovation and genre.

Daniel Armenti

Nahir I. Otaño Gracia

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May 17th, 10:30 AM

Writing Medieval Women Mystics

Valley II LeFevre Lounge

In honor of Elizabeth Petroff, this panel is seeking papers that discuss the writings of medieval women mystics, and their experience as authors during the Middle Ages. Although standing outside of the canonical texts of the Middle Ages, the writings of women mystics and visionaries provide an important viewpoint from which to understand medieval experience and culture. Petroff wrote, “women mystics were a vital force in medieval culture, but they were rarely mainstream figures”; the impact of these writers may be seen through the variety of genres with which they are associated, from hagiography and religious sermons to poetry and theater. Panelists might consider topics such as the relationship of body, voice, and mystical experience; speech, power, and silence; authority, authorship, and transgression; innovation and genre.

Daniel Armenti

Nahir I. Otaño Gracia