Publisher description for Body and soul : essays on medieval women and mysticism / Elizabeth Alvilda Petroff.


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Opening a window onto a long-neglected world of women's experience, this text features eleven essays that examine the writings of medieval women mystics from England, France, Germany, Italy, and the Low Countries, providing close readings of a number of important texts from the viewpoint of different literary theories. Surveying various styles of hagiographical writing, the author offers ground-breaking scholarship on a broad range of topics such as how medieval holy women may have appeared to their contemporaries, medieval antifeminism, comparisons between earlier and later Christian mystical writing, the relationship between male confessors and female penitents in the Middle Ages, and the process by which these extraordinary women produced their work. For courses in religious, medieval, or women's studies, this unique text fills a conspicuous gap in an important and fascinating field of literature.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Women mystics -- Europe.
Mysticism -- History -- Middle Ages, 600-1500.
Women -- History -- Middle Ages, 500-1500.
Christian literature -- History and criticism.
Civilization, Medieval, in literature.
Body and soul in literature.
Mysticism and literature.