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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2018) 48 (2): 341–364.
Published: 01 May 2018
... agreement about the ways and means that God communicated with his people. Copyright © 2018 by Duke University Press 2018 early modern English theology divine revelation mystical experience language of ravishment Holy Spirit...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2016) 46 (2): 233–262.
Published: 01 May 2016
... himself as a “strange stranger” within the dream landscape, the king experiences his mystical body in vegetal terms. © 2016 by Duke University Press 2016 medieval French romance Perceforest ecocriticism forests kingship • The King’s...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2012) 42 (3): 699–724.
Published: 01 September 2012
..., visions, but rather experience the sheer presence of the sacred as a form of embodied knowledge that is inextricable from its experience. And whereas mystical experience usually strives for union with the Godhead, the self of the public contemplative remains intact and separate, indeed...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2016) 46 (1): 7–31.
Published: 01 January 2016
... of preputiotomy, and it considers how late antique authors inflected these formulations with anatomical understandings of the prepuce. Augustine provides a remarkable example of the foreskin as both a subject of anatomical study and as a mystical heuristic for allegorical-visionary experience; and Macrobius's...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2011) 41 (2): 317–343.
Published: 01 May 2011
... how the qualities that tend to alienate women’s mystical texts from the canon (the focus on embodiment, immediacy, and experi- ence) are in fact critical to understanding their literary qualities. Bodily experience should be understood as a form of textuality, albeit in a very particular way...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2012) 42 (3): 539–566.
Published: 01 September 2012
... typi- cally relates to the moments it takes to complete a familiar prayer.4 Teresa notes loss then recovery of sensory awareness through disjuncture. Indeed, Teresa’s mystic selfhood relies less on ideas about the continuousness of indi- vidual experience, and more on fissure, renewal...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2012) 42 (1): 35–57.
Published: 01 January 2012
... been sadly deluded by the devil; or who accused her of outright fraud in her reports of mystical experience and inedia (abstinence from all nourishment for extraordinary lengths of time).9 In order to win over the skeptics in his audience, Raymond (whose vividly remembered, personal experiences...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2011) 41 (2): 345–368.
Published: 01 May 2011
... and Brothers, 1961); Bernard McGinn, “Love, Knowl- edge, and Mystical Union in Western Christianity,” Church History 56 (1987): 7  –  24; McGinn, “The Changing Shape of Late Medieval Mysticism,” Church History 65 (1996): 197  –  219, at 199; Louis Dupré, “The Christian Experience of Mystical...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2014) 44 (1): 187–213.
Published: 01 January 2014
... suck; they wander from birth families to the families of their husbands, from tribe to tribe, changing names and affiliations: they are mystics, hysterics, translators, and spies.9 They fly on broomsticks, they suf- fer from “multiple personality disorder,” and they traffic in potions. When Lear...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2018) 48 (2): 261–300.
Published: 01 May 2018
..., particularly in relation to the active/passive binary assigned to men/women. Many scholars have analyzed the frequency with which medieval mystics resorted to a kind of “mystical transgendering,” in which they voiced their experience of the divine through language that situates the mystic...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2014) 44 (1): 163–186.
Published: 01 January 2014
... of female mystical experiences and part of a repertoire of symbols of feminine, affective piety.91 But, cru- cially, Anne’s story also problematizes existing approaches to early modern female conversions that make “affective” and “intellective” experiences not only antithetical, but even mutually...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2001) 31 (2): 213–250.
Published: 01 May 2001
... placed on the body itself, which thereby prevents the transcending or trans- figuring of the body in the experience of mystical union.43 Köbele adds that this should not be taken as a wholesale critique of asceticism. Rather, Mechthild is against the stagnation (“ruowe...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2021) 51 (2): 215–240.
Published: 01 May 2021
... describes a mystical experience with Monica at Ostia: Our minds were lifted up by an ardent affection towards eternal being itself. Step by step we climbed beyond all corporeal objects and the heaven itself, where sun, moon, and stars shed light on earth. We ascended even further by internal reflection...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2010) 40 (3): 425–438.
Published: 01 September 2010
... pieties, are concerned with the role of mystical language and devotional practice in enabling believers to reach unio mystica. Such lan- guage held enormous potential for personal bodily or contemplative experi- ence to be regarded as aspects of divinity.40 Luther’s ambivalence toward mysticism (one...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2012) 42 (2): 333–363.
Published: 01 May 2012
... that requirement for herself, Julian marvels at the improbable intelligibility of her showings as well as their promise that deeper truths exist, yet to be revealed. To read discord as integral to a mystical text might appear odd. Mystical texts, after all, concern divine presence...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2012) 42 (3): 567–596.
Published: 01 September 2012
... experience over communal worship.11 The few nuns who seriously adopted this mystical spirituality could greatly disrupt the peaceful life of the convent, and a certain amount of pedagogical energy was spent reining in ascetic tendencies among the more ardent novices.12 One of the main goals...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2008) 38 (2): 253–283.
Published: 01 May 2008
... play. However, as the author of Wis- dom drew on Hilton’s ideas, he also significantly modified them. For the play’s author notably makes visible precisely what for Hilton must remain invisible. In Wisdom, the changes wrought upon the soul by the experiences of sin and penance are anything...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2012) 42 (3): 519–537.
Published: 01 September 2012
.... The Cologne Carthusians’ long-­established interest in spiritual writing, often strongly mystical, was demonstrated in the sixteenth century by their publication of works by Johannes Tauler (1290 – 1361), Hen- drik Herp (d. 1478), and Jan van Ruysbroek (1293 – 1381). Peter Canisius in fact edited...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2007) 37 (2): 271–303.
Published: 01 May 2007
... was the mediator, and before the gift of faith in Christ’s sacrifice was freely and undeservedly bestowed, all-sinful man faced all-holy God directly. Luther has been seen as recreating for Christianity the directness and the terror of Old Testament encounters with God, the experience of “fear and trembling...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2016) 46 (3): 629–651.
Published: 01 September 2016
... eucharistic devotion. Miller’s recent account of Julian’s corporeal piety contrasts her with thirteenth- ­and fourteenth-­ century European mystics in this respect: Although Julian recognizes the nourishing function of Christ’s body, she does not mention the Eucharist, or the ingestion...