Gendered Voices Medieval Saints and Their Interpreters

ISBN-10: 0812216873

ISBN-13: 9780812216875

Edition: 1999

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"These studies . . . not only illuminate the past with a fierce and probing light but also raise, with nuance and power, fundamental issues of interpretation and method."--from the Foreword by Caroline Walker Bynum Female saints, mystics, and visionaries have been much studied in recent years. Relatively little attention has been paid, however, to the ways in which their experiences and voices were mediated by the men who often composed their vitae, served as their editors and scribes, or otherwise encouraged, protected, and collaborated with the women in their writing projects. What strategies can be employed to discern and distinguish the voices of these high and late medieval women from those of their scribes and confessors? In those rare cases where we have both the women's own writings and writings about them by their male contemporaries, how do the women's self-portrayals diverge from the male portrayals of them? Finally, to what extent are these portrayals of sanctity by the saints and their contemporaries influenced not so much by gender as by genre? Catherine Mooney brings together a distinguished group of contributors who explore these and other issues as they relate to seven holy women and their male interpreters and one male saint who claims to incorporate the words of a female follower in an account of his own life.
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Book details

List price: $27.50
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Publication date: 6/3/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Caroline Walker Bynum is University Professor at Columbia University. She is the author of Resurrection of the Body in Western Christianity, 200-1336, and Fragmentation and Redemption: Essays on Gender and the Body in Medieval Religion (Zone Books, 1991).

Foreword
List of Abbreviations
Voice, Gender, and the Portrayal of Sanctity
Hildegard and Her Hagiographers: The Remaking of Female Sainthood
Holy Woman or Unworthy Vessel? The Representations of Elisabeth of Schonau
Imitatio Christi or Imitatio Mariae? Clare of Assisi and Her Interpreters
Inside Out: Beatrice of Nazareth and Her Hagiographer
A Marriage and Its Observer: Christine of Stommeln, the Heavenly Bridegroom, and Friar Peter of Dacia
Henry Suso and Elsbeth Stagel: Was the Vita a Cooperative Effort?
Mystical Death, Bodily Death: Catherine of Siena and Raymond of Capua on the Mystic's Encounter with God
Authorizing a Life: The Collaboration of Dorothea of Montau and John Marienwerder
Notes
The Saints and Their Interpreters: Selected Primary Sources in Original Languages
Contributors
Index of Modern Authors
General Index
Acknowledgments
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