Power, Gender and Christian Mysticism

ISBN-10: 0521479266

ISBN-13: 9780521479264

Edition: 1995

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Description: In the western Christian tradition, the mystic was seen as having direct access to God, and therefore great authority. In this study, Dr Jantzen discusses how men of power defined and controlled who should count as a mystic, and thus who would have power: women were pointedly excluded. This makes her book of special interest to those in gender studies and medieval history. Its main argument, however, is philosophical. Because the mystical has gone through many social constructions, the modern philosophical assumption that mysticism is essentially about intense subjective experiences is misguided. This view is historically inaccurate, and perpetuates the same gendered struggle for authority which characterises the history of western christendom. This book is the first on the subject to take issues of gender seriously, and to use these as a point of entry for a deconstructive approach to Christian mysticism.

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Book details

List price: $57.00
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/16/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 404
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Feminists, philosophers and mystics
Mystics, martyrs and honorary males
The mystical meaning of scripture
Mystical theology and the erotic other
'Cry out and write': mysticism and the struggle for authority
The visions of virgins: spirituality and sexual control
Heretics and witches
The language of ineffability
Conclusion: mysticism and modernity
References
Index
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