Session Title

Medievalisms and Marguerite Porete: The Mirror of Simple Souls in the Age of #Resistance

Sponsoring Organization(s)

International Marguerite Porete Society

Organizer Name

Robert Stauffer

Organizer Affiliation

Dominican College

Presider Name

Robert Stauffer

Paper Title 1

The Legacy of Marguerite Porete as Symbol of Resistance

Presenter 1 Name

Danielle Dubois

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Univ. of Manitoba

Paper Title 2

Silence as Resistance in the Life of Marguerite Porete and in The Mirror of Simple Souls

Presenter 2 Name

Jonathan Juilfs

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Redeemer Univ. College

Paper Title 3

The Pseudo-Mulier in an Age of #Resistance: Dismantling the Organism in The Mirror of Simple Souls

Presenter 3 Name

Jessica Zisa

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Univ. of California-Santa Barbara

Start Date

12-5-2018 10:00 AM

Session Location

Schneider 1330

Description

Marguerite Porete and other women writers of the late Middle Ages stand as voices against troubled leadership, rarely attacking or denouncing, but using prayer and sacrifice to try to restore the common good. From Marguerite’s admonishment at the beginning of the fourteenth century to “theologians and other clerks” to humble their intellect so that “Love and Faith, together, cause you to rise above Reason, [Since] they are the ladies of the house” (from Babinsky’s translation, 79) to Catherine of Siena’s prayer for Pope Gregory XI -- “Let this vicar of yours be attentive to your will, let him love it and do it, so that we may not be lost” (Noffke’s translation, 9) – we see women resisting weak and failing leadership in many different ways. What might these medieval women say to our political and religious leaders today?

The International Marguerite Porete Society welcomes all thoughtful analysis as to how we might talk about Marguerite – and other medieval women writers – as figures of resistance, both in their own and in contemporary settings. The relevance of these medieval women who spoke to men of power could be of great consequence as to how the current generations speak to the powers that control the world now.

Robert F. Stauffer

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May 12th, 10:00 AM

Medievalisms and Marguerite Porete: The Mirror of Simple Souls in the Age of #Resistance

Schneider 1330

Marguerite Porete and other women writers of the late Middle Ages stand as voices against troubled leadership, rarely attacking or denouncing, but using prayer and sacrifice to try to restore the common good. From Marguerite’s admonishment at the beginning of the fourteenth century to “theologians and other clerks” to humble their intellect so that “Love and Faith, together, cause you to rise above Reason, [Since] they are the ladies of the house” (from Babinsky’s translation, 79) to Catherine of Siena’s prayer for Pope Gregory XI -- “Let this vicar of yours be attentive to your will, let him love it and do it, so that we may not be lost” (Noffke’s translation, 9) – we see women resisting weak and failing leadership in many different ways. What might these medieval women say to our political and religious leaders today?

The International Marguerite Porete Society welcomes all thoughtful analysis as to how we might talk about Marguerite – and other medieval women writers – as figures of resistance, both in their own and in contemporary settings. The relevance of these medieval women who spoke to men of power could be of great consequence as to how the current generations speak to the powers that control the world now.

Robert F. Stauffer