IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 1717: Mystical Theology: Pleasure in Spiritual Consummation

Thursday 4 July 2013, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Mystical Theology Network
Organiser:Louise Nelstrop, Sarum College, Salisbury / University of Oxford
Moderator/Chair:Patrick Ryan Cooper, Faculteit Theologie en Religiewetenschappen, KU Leuven
Paper 1717-aThe Pleasure of the Text: What Two Manuscripts Can Tell Us about Becoming God
(Language: English)
Benjamin Morgan, Worcester College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Language and Literature - German, Religious Life, Theology
Paper 1717-b'Die meyster stryden […]': How the Mystic Christina of Hane Contributes to a Scholastic Discussion on the Priority over Knowledge, Love, or Fruitio
(Language: English)
Racha Kirakosian, Somerville College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - German, Theology
Paper 1717-cWhat Ever Happened to the Fourth Degree of Love?: Richard Rolle’s Later Writings as Logophatic Discourse
(Language: English)
Louise Nelstrop, Sarum College, Salisbury / University of Oxford
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Religious Life, Sermons and Preaching, Theology
Abstract

The aim of this session is to examine the role that pleasure, joy, love, and desire play in spiritual consummation within Western Christian mystical literature in the later Middle Ages. The papers explore the related notions of ecstasy, becoming God, and speaking as God’s mouthpiece across this period through the writings of Richard Rolle, Christina von Hare, Meister Eckhart, and the anonymous Sister Catherine Treatise.