A discussion of Promised Bodies

Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 7:00pm
Book Culture, 112th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam
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A discussion of Promised Bodies with Patricia Dailey, Amy Hollywood and Sara Poor.

Patricia Dailey, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, will be discussing her book, Promised Bodies: Time, Language , and Corporeality in Medieval Women's Mystical Texts (Columbia University Press, 2013).  This book reconsiders the nature of embodiment in the writings of Hadewijch of Brabant, Julian of Norwich, Marguerite D'Oingt and Hildegard von Bingen, showing how the body is, in fact, a twofold entity relating to the Pauline idea of inner and outer persons and partakes in longstanding hermeneutic traditions.  Dailey argues for a reconsideration of the role of gender in the analyses of these texts and for a broader idea of how women contribute to literary and theological traditions through embodied means. 

Dailey will be joined by Amy Hollywood, Elizabeth H. Monrad Professor of Christian Studies at Harvard Divinity School, and Sara Poor, Associate Professor of German at Princeton University.