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978-0-521-47926-4 / 0521479266

Power, Gender and Christian Mysticism (Cambridge Studies in Ideology and Religion)

by Jantzen, Grace M.

Publisher:Cambridge University Press

Edition:Softcover

Language:English

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Paperback. Pub Date: 1996 Pages: 404 Publisher: Camidge. University Press In the western Christian tradition. the mystic was seen as having direct Access to God and therefore great authority In this study Dr Jantzen discusses how men of power defined and controlled who should count as a mystic. and thus who would have power: women were pointedly excluded. This makes her book of special interest to those in gender studies and medieval history. Its main argument. however. is philosophical. Because the mystical has gone through many social constructions. the modern philosophical assumption that mysticism is essentially about intense subjective experiences is misguided. This view is historically inaccurate. and perpetuates the same gendered struggle for authority which characterises the history of western christendom. This book is the first on the subject to take issues of gende...

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