IMC 2008: Sessions

Session 1114: The (Sensual) Perception of Divine Nature by Medieval Mystics

Wednesday 9 July 2008, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Oswald von Wolkenstein-Gesellschaft / Associazione di Cultura Medioevale, Trieste
Organiser:Sieglinde Hartmann, Oswald von Wolkenstein-Gesellschaft, Frankfurt am Main
Moderator/Chair:Sieglinde Hartmann, Oswald von Wolkenstein-Gesellschaft, Frankfurt am Main
Paper 1114-aHuman Nature and Divine Nature: The Perception of Body and Soul in Mechthild of Magdeburg's Book The Flowing Light of the Godhead
(Language: English)
Paola Schulze-Belli, Dipartimento di Scienze dell'Uomo, Università degli studi di Trieste
Index terms: Language and Literature - German, Religious Life
Paper 1114-bWhen Supernatural Becomes Daily Life: Mystical Experience in the Sisterbook of Adelhausen
(Language: English)
Dagmar Gottschall, Dipartimento di Filologia classica e Scienze filosofiche, Università degli studi di Lecce
Index terms: Language and Literature - German, Religious Life
Paper 1114-cThe Perception of Divine Nature in the The Book of Margery Kempe
(Language: English)
Naoë Kukita Yoshikawa, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, Shizuoka University
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Mentalities
Abstract

The speakers of this session belong to well known specialists of bridal mystic literature. Therefore, their papers will focus on literary descriptions of mystical encounters between the human brides and their divine bridegroom, the supernatural godhead. Each speaker aims to centre the investigation on questions how the divine nature of the mystical bridegroom is perceived by human nature and described in human language. Each mystic writer develops a personal style, thus illustrating literary differences and also, possibly, a historic evolution in European mentalities.