Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 3387
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Sells , Michael.
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  • Title: The Pseudo-Woman and the Meister: "Unsaying" and Essentialism ["In this essay, I will focus on the concept of the 'work' of the divine, first in Porete, then in Eckhart. I will examine how in each author the conception of the divine work is central to the destabilizing of essentialist notions of deity, of humanity, and of gender (in both the divine and the human realms). I will suggest that it is within the theme of the divine work in the world that the conversation between Eckhart and Porete's mystical languages is at its deepest. The essay will close with some questions concerning the relationship of the standard categories of male writer and female writer to two major writers (and schools) that differ so radically from such categories" (Pages 116-117)].
  • Source: Meister Eckhart and the Beguine Mystics: Hadewijch of Brabant, Mechthild of Magdeburg, and Marguerite Porete.  Edited by Bernard McGinn.  Continuum, 1994.  Pages 114 - 146.
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Apophatic Mystics Eckhart, Meister, Mystic Gender in Literature Marguerite Porete, Mystic Martha and Mary (Biblical Figures) Mystics Soul Theology Trinity Women in Religion
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  • Geographic Area: France;Germany
  • Century: 13- 14
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  • Author's Affiliation: Haverford College
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  • Year of Publication: 1994.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 0826406815