Mi23Jan2019Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 at 6 pm c.t., Cas. 1.801 (Renate von Metzler Hall), Campus Westend
Women, Mysticism, and Reform Movements in Renaissance Italy
This lecture will tackle the phenomenon of saintly women mystics in Renaissance Italy, who were
widely revered for their identification with the suffering of Jesus to such an extent that they
reportedly became one with Him, virtually turning into reincarnated Christs. Prof. Herzig will show
how the supporters of Dominican holy women affiliated with reformist currents from the fourteenth
to the sixteenth century hailed them as "female Christs," and chart the ways in which these women
mystics challenged deeply-entrenched gendered presumptions concerning the triune Christian God.