IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 316: Between Worldly and Spiritual Pleasure: Texts and Spaces for Observance and Transgression in Medieval Iberian Nunneries

Monday 1 July 2013, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:M. Raquel Alonso Álvarez, Departamento de Historia del Arte y Musicología, Universidad de Oviedo
Moderator/Chair:M. Raquel Alonso Álvarez, Departamento de Historia del Arte y Musicología, Universidad de Oviedo
Paper 316-aRoyal and Aristocratic Religious Women in Medieval Spain, c. 950-1200: Between the Cloister and the World
(Language: English)
Laura Cayrol Bernardo, Universidad de Oviedo
Index terms: Art History - General, Monasticism, Religious Life, Women's Studies
Paper 316-bProtecting Enclosure, Promoting the Mystical Union: Observant Textual Models for the Portuguese Dominican Women
(Language: English)
Gilberto Coralejo Moiteiro, Instituto Politécnico de Leiria / Instituto de Estudos Medievais, Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Index terms: Monasticism, Religious Life, Women's Studies
Paper 316-cSensuality and Devotion: Spaces for Penance versus Spaces for Leisure in the Castilian Dominican Nunneries
(Language: English)
Mercedes Pérez Vidal, Departamento de Historia del Arte, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Gijón
Index terms: Art History - General, Liturgy, Monasticism, Women's Studies
Abstract

Nuns’ sensuality has become an attractive topic among scholars, either exploring the mystical union or the wanderings of some of these religious women outside the convent. However, regarding Iberian nunneries, these issues still remain comparatively unexplored and studies frequently rely on preconceptions. In this session we will explore how Portuguese and Spaniard nuns dealt with pleasure, taking into account a varied set of texts (legislative, normartive, devotional, and liturgical, etc.), but also the material enviroment and the monastic spaces. Moreover, our approach aims to set a comparison between different orders – from Benedictines to Dominicans – and throughout several centuries.