IMC 2003: Sessions

Session 613: Anchorites and Mystics, II

Tuesday 15 July 2003, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:The Anchoritic Society
Organiser:Liz Herbert McAvoy, Department of English Language & Literature, Swansea University
Moderator/Chair:Mari Hughes-Edwards, University of Salford / Liverpool John Moores University
Paper 613-aProphetic Power: The Relationship between Carmelite Friars and Anchorites
(Language: English)
Johan Bergström-Allen, Saint Albert's Press, York / Université de Fribourg
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 613-bOn Whose Authority?: Debate over the Function of the 'Eye of the Heart' in the Writings of Richard Rolle, Walter Hilton and the Cloud-Author
(Language: English)
Louise Nelstrop, Royal College of Nursing Research Institute
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Lay Piety, Religious Life
Paper 613-cThe Fulfillment of Mystical Desire: Contemplating the Pearl-Maiden
(Language: English)
Susannah Chewning, Department of English, Union County College, New Jersey
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Lay Piety, Sexuality

This session addresses connections and conflicts within and between mystical discourses and how various competing models of mystical spiritual authority are both contested and reconciled, and to what ends. Paper One focuses on the self-conscious links forged between Carmelites and anchorites in the quest for spiritual authority. Paper Two assesses the level of discursive conflict between Rolle, the Cloud-author and Hilton arising from competing models of spiritual authority. Paper Three promotes the usefulness of mysticism as a lens through which to examine ‘transitional’ texts such as ‘Pearl’ which bridge the gap between the secular mysticism of the dream-vision and the eroticised consummation of the mystical text.