IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 1033: 'We are, with the Divine Persons, One Love and One Enjoyment', I: Explorations of Pleasure and Enjoyment in the Mystics of the Low Countries

Wednesday 3 July 2013, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Ruusbroecgenootschap, Universiteit Antwerpen / Faculteit Theologie en Religiewetenschappen, KU Leuven
Organiser:Rob Faesen, Faculteit Theologie en Religiewetenschappen, KU Leuven / Ruusbroecgenootschap, Universiteit Antwerpen
Moderator/Chair:Rob Faesen, Faculteit Theologie en Religiewetenschappen, KU Leuven / Ruusbroecgenootschap, Universiteit Antwerpen
Paper 1033-a'Lectulus Noster Floridus': In Bed with William of Saint-Thierry, 1075-1148
(Language: English)
John Arblaster, Faculteit Theologie en Religiewetenschappen, KU Leuven
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Theology
Paper 1033-bThe Personality of Pleasure in the Mystical Songs of Hadewijch of Brabant, c. 1240
(Language: English)
Veerle Fraeters, Ruusbroecgenootschap, Universiteit Antwerpen
Index terms: Language and Literature - Dutch, Theology
Paper 1033-cAbiding in Minne's Demands: Jan van Ruusbroec on Modeless Enjoyment
(Language: English)
Patrick Ryan Cooper, Faculteit Theologie en Religiewetenschappen, KU Leuven
Index terms: Language and Literature - Dutch, Theology
Abstract

The term ghebruken (enjoyment, pleasure) has important implications in the descriptions and analyses of the relationship and union between the human person and God in the mystical literature of the medieval Low Countries. This theme is often discussed in contemporary studies, and interpreted from many different perspectives. This research often focuses on female mystical authors. The intention of this session is to present a nuanced historical, literary and theological analysis of this theme as it appears in the primary texts themselves, including in those of male authors (e.g. William of Saint-Thierry, John of Ruusbroec, etc.).