IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 1206: Anchorites and Mystics, I: Orthodoxy and Heresy

Wednesday 14 July 2004, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:The Anchoritic Society
Organiser:Liz Herbert McAvoy, Department of English Language & Literature, Swansea University
Moderator/Chair:Liz Herbert McAvoy, Department of English Language & Literature, Swansea University
Paper 1206-aDutch Literature and Radical Mysticism in the 14th Century
(Language: English)
Geert Warnar, Opleiding Nederlandse Taal en Cultuur, Universiteit Leiden
Index terms: Printing History, Theology
Paper 1206-bStone Men and Women in the Wall: The Anchorites and Recluses of Medieval Ireland
(Language: English)
Colmán Ó Clabaigh, Michael Ó Cleirigh Institute, University College Dublin
Index terms: Demography, Ecclesiastical History, Religious Life
Paper 1206-cHeaven and Hell, Orthodoxy and Heresy: Traversing the Boundaries with Hadewijch of Antwerp
(Language: English)
Mary Suydam, Department of Religion, Kenyon College, Ohio

The first of two sessions, this one aims to further examine the phenomenon of the anchoritic experience by extending its focus to hitherto underexamined non-English experience – in particular, the interrelationship between anchoritism and mysticism and the transgression of boundaries between orthodoxy and heresy. Paper One examines the Dutch experience via the enigmatic anti-clerical treatise Dialogue of Eckhart and the Lay man. Paper Two concentrates on specifically Irish anchoritism from the 11th century. Paper Three examines Athanasius’ Life of St Anthony, arguing that it was a Vita compiled to support the potentially heretical beliefs of the exiled and indicted bishop himself.