By Cristina Mazzoni, John Cirignano
Angela of Foligno is taken into account by means of many because the maximum mystical voice between Italian medieval ladies. She committed herself to a constant pursuit of God while as a middle-aged girl she misplaced her mom, husband and youngsters; illiterate herself, she dictated her stories to her confessor, who transcribed her phrases into Latin because the Memorial. In a right away and lively sort, it tells of her ache, visions, pleasure, identity with Christ, and at last her mystical union with God. although, her ebook has regularly been considered with suspicion, certainly even bordering on heresy; her spirituality is going past traditional language in addition to past accredited doctrines and modes of prayer. This annotated choice from the Memorial is preceded by way of a biographical creation which areas Angela's textual content in its historic, 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 finished with an annotated bibliography.
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Additional info for Angela of Foligno's Memorial
This journey is both spiritual and embodied and it is expressed through a poetics of vision. If visionary experience legitimates Angela's authority and action, then visionary language constitutes Angela's very text. Hers is an excessive, transgressive language, one that self-consciously goes beyond the limits of what can/should be said about God. Hence, first of all, Angela's frequent statements, throughout the Memorial, concerning the blasphemous and at the same time, paradoxically, the true nature of her speech: the inadequacy of human language in expressing the mystic's encounter with the divine translates itself not into silence so much for ineffability but rather into linguistic excess.
Angela's Cultural-Historical Context: Medieval Mysticism Angela of Foligno is often said to have parallels only abroad, in Northern Europe, with great mystics such as Mechtild of Magdeburg and Mechtild of Hackeborn, Hadewijch, Beatrice of Nazareth, 1 All page numbers refer to John Cirignano's translation in this book. Page 4 Gertrud of Helfta and Marguerite Porete. Yet despite her unquestionably exceptional stature, Angela of Foligno is an eloquent example of the often paradoxical status of women in medieval Italy.
I included as much as possible about the role of the body and its interaction with the soul in Angela's mystical experience, since the fascination exerted by the history of the body is one of the reasons why the works of the mystics have recently claimed so much critical attention. In making editorial choices, I also focused on the way in which the Memorial came about, namely through the collaboration between Angela and her scribe, and I preserved most of the text that alludes to or explicitly deals with such collaboration.
Angela of Foligno's Memorial by Cristina Mazzoni, John Cirignano