IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 1133: 'We are, with the Divine Persons, One Love and One Enjoyment', II: Explorations of Pleasure and Enjoyment in the Mystics of the Low Countries

Wednesday 3 July 2013, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Ruusbroecgenootschap, Universiteit Antwerpen / Faculteit Theologie en Religiewetenschappen, KU Leuven
Organiser:Rob Faesen, Faculteit Theologie en Religiewetenschappen, KU Leuven / Ruusbroecgenootschap, Universiteit Antwerpen
Moderator/Chair:Louise Nelstrop, Sarum College, Salisbury / University of Oxford
Paper 1133-aEmbodied Joy in Julian of Norwich
(Language: English)
Bradford Manderfield, Faculteit Theologie en Religiewetenschappen, KU Leuven
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Theology
Paper 1133-bBodily Aspects of Mystical Enjoyment (ghebruken) in John of Ruusbroec (1293-1381)
(Language: English)
Rob Faesen, Faculteit Theologie en Religiewetenschappen, KU Leuven / Ruusbroecgenootschap, Universiteit Antwerpen
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.).