New PDF release: Angela of Foligno's Memorial

By Cristina Mazzoni, John Cirignano

ISBN-10: 085991562X

ISBN-13: 9780859915625

Angela of Foligno is taken into account via many because the maximum mystical voice between Italian medieval ladies. She dedicated herself to a constant pursuit of God whilst as a middle-aged girl she misplaced her mom, husband and youngsters; illiterate herself, she dictated her reviews to her confessor, who transcribed her phrases into Latin because the Memorial. In an instantaneous and full of life sort, it tells of her soreness, visions, pleasure, identity with Christ, and at last her mystical union with God. despite the fact that, her publication has continually been considered with suspicion, certainly even bordering on heresy; her spirituality is going past traditional language in addition to past authorized doctrines and modes of prayer. This annotated choice from the Memorial is preceded by way of a biographical creation which locations Angela's textual content in its ancient, cultural, and non secular context; the accompanying interpretive essay which follows compares Angela's event with that of twentieth-century Christian feminist theologians. the quantity is done with an annotated bibliography.

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Includes bibliographical references and index. 1309.  Mysticism History Middle Ages, 6001500.  Title.  Mazzoni, Cristina, 1965- . 2'2 dc21 99-39712 This publication is printed on acid-free paper Printed in Great Britain by Athenæum Press Ltd, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear Page v Contents Preface and Acknowledgments ix Introduction 1. Angela of Foligno's life 1 2. Angela's cultural-historical context: medieval mysticism 3 3. Angela's writings and spirituality: the Memorial 9 4.  Pakaluk (19571998) filia Dei legitima Page ix Preface and Acknowledgments The past decade or so has witnessed a striking and prolific renewal of critical interest in the writings of women mystics.

Umiltà of Faenza, Margherita of Cortona, Vanna of Orvieto, and Chiara of Montefalco provide us with a context of little-heard female voices which underline both Angela's extraordinariness and her continuity with an important female culture. In the many years that I have been involved with the study of women mystics, I have received much help and encouragement from many different people in many different ways. To my husband John Cirignano, first of all, I owe a marvelous translation, insightful and constructive comments, and plenty of comic relief on the margins.

Page 17 4. The Legacy of Angela of Foligno In spite of her enormous popularity during and immediately following her lifetime (although Angela is often referred to as "santa," she was never canonized), Angela of Foligno has been largely excluded from the standard classics of Italian literature. This is in part because the Memorial was not written in the Tuscan vernacular, Italy's literary language, in part because Angela's style, like that of the women mystics who were her contemporaries, does not fit into those aesthetic and ideological parameters which define our notion of literature.

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