2018 Student Research Conference:
31st Annual Student Research Conference

The Quest of Medieval Female Mystics for Public Roles

Kasey E. Hohlt
Dr. Stephanie L. Russell, Faculty Mentor

The Quest of Medieval Female Mystics for Public Roles is a paper which analyzes the ways female mystics during the middle ages would use their mysticism to engage with the general populous at the time.  These medieval Christian mystics had supernatural visions and then wrote about them—preserving their visions for years to come.  In my paper, I use both primary and secondary sources to demonstrate how these women would try to engage with the outside world in ways that were uncommon for women at the time.  I also take the lives of these women and categorize them as RPG archetypes to aid contemporary audiences in understanding their lives and the significance of these women.  This paper also analyzes the role of women in society during the middle ages, and how these medieval female mystics were able to step outside of societal constraints and leave a mark on their world.

Keywords: Medieval, Female, Mystics, Public , Roles, Society, Visions, Supernatural

Topic(s):Medieval Studies
Women's and Gender Studies

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 107-4
Location: VH 1212
Time: 8:45

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