By Jo Catling

ISBN-10: 0511553897

ISBN-13: 9780511553899

ISBN-10: 0521444829

ISBN-13: 9780521444828

ISBN-10: 0521656281

ISBN-13: 9780521656283

This quantity makes the wide-ranging paintings of German girls writers obvious to a much wider viewers. it's the first paintings in English to supply a chronological creation to and review of women's writing in German-speaking international locations from the center a while to the current day. large publications to additional interpreting and a bibliographical consultant to the paintings of greater than four hundred ladies writers shape a vital part of the quantity, as a way to be imperative for college students and students of German literature, and all these drawn to women's and gender experiences.

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In 1662 Greiffenberg wrote the short pastoral piece Tugend-übung Sieben Lustwehlender Schäferinnen, a conversation between seven shepherdesses on the subject of virtue, and in 1663 she began the lengthy poem Sieges-Seule der Buße und des Glaubens, a call to repentance and faith to ward off the 37 38 helen watanabe-o’kelly Turkish threat, though she did not publish it until 1675. From her own point of view and that of her contemporaries her principal achievement as a writer was not her poems but her four extensive series of religious meditations in prose, interspersed here and there with poems, on the incarnation and early life of Jesus (1678), His suffering and death (1683), His teachings and miracles (1693) and His life and prophecies (1693).

In an Age of Faith such as the Middle Ages, the claim that one had a God-given talent to depict the lives of the saints and martyrs or to proclaim the Gospel had to be respected. Similarly, a woman who claimed to be inspired by the Holy Spirit could not be dismissed out of hand, even if her revelations challenged traditional notions. An outstanding example of such inspiration is Hildegard von Bingen (1098–1179), sometimes known as the ‘Sibyl of the Rhine’. Of noble birth, she reports in an autobiographical fragment that she experienced her first visions at the age of three and, clearly a gifted child, she was placed by her parents at the age of eight in a convent of the Benedictine order where she received her education.

Amen. The venerable and pious Gisela of Kerssenbrock wrote, illuminated, annotated, paginated this excellent book and decorated it with gold letters and beautiful pictures, so that she might be remembered. AD 1300. May her soul rest in holy peace. Amen. Not only this note but also the illuminations testify to the selfconfidence of the nun who trusted she would be remembered by her own work: on the pages for Christmas and Easter, the two most important feast days and therefore the most lavishly decorated, she inserts the figures of kneeling nuns, one of whom is clearly identified in a rubric as ‘Gisle’.

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