Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 5411
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  • Title: Historicizing Canonicity: Tradition and the Invisible Talent of Mechthild von Magdeburg
  • Source: Women in German Yearbook 15, ( 2000): Pages 49 - 72.
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Gender Literature- Canon Literature- Reception Mechthild von Magdeburg, Mystic Mystics Transmission of Texts Women Authors Women in Religion
  • Geographic Area: Germany
  • Century: 13
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  • Abstract: In this essay, I trace the relationship between gender and the formation of literary traditions in the complex transmission of Mechthild von Magdeburg's "Das fliessende Licht der Gottheit" ("The Flowing Light of the Godhead"), written in the late thirteenth century. Examining the medieval, early modern, nineteenth- and twentieth-century reception, I show that this text figures in a variety of differently constructed traditions over time, but that its presence cannot be reduced to a question of inclusion or exclusion. Instead, this evidence points to the need for a reassessment of what tradition and canonicity mean as well as for new strategies to overcome the historical problems associated with the category of "women writers." [From "Women in German Yearbook: Feminist Studies in German Literature and Culture," Volume 15, edited by Patricia Herminghouse and Susanne Zantop by permission of the University of Nebraska Press. C 2000 by the University of Nebraska Press.]
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  • Year of Publication: 2000.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 10587446
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