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dc.contributor.advisorMeglin, Joellen A.
dc.creatorVan Oort, Jessica
dc.date.accessioned2020-11-05T16:09:52Z
dc.date.available2020-11-05T16:09:52Z
dc.date.issued2009
dc.identifier.other864884447
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12613/3742
dc.description.abstractThis study examines dance and dance-like sacred performance in four texts by or about the thirteenth-century beguines Elisabeth of Spalbeek, Hadewijch, Mechthild of Magdeburg, and Agnes Blannbekin. These women wrote about dance as a visionary experience of the joys of heaven or the relationship between God and the soul, and they also created physical performances of faith that, while not called dance by medieval authors, seem remarkably dance-like to a modern eye. The existence of these dance-like sacred performances calls into question the commonly-held belief that most medieval Christians denied their bodies in favor of their souls and considered dancing sinful. In contrast to official church prohibitions of dance I present an alternative viewpoint, that of religious Christian women who physically performed their faith. The research questions this study addresses include the following: what meanings did the concept of dance have for medieval Christians; how did both actual physical dances and the concept of dance relate to sacred performance; and which aspects of certain medieval dances and performances made them sacred to those who performed and those who observed? In a historical interplay of text and context, I thematically analyze four beguine texts and situate them within the larger tapestry of medieval dance and sacred performance. This study suggests that medieval Christian concepts of dance, sacred performance, the soul, and the body were complex and fluid; that medieval sacred performance was as much a matter of a correct inner, emotional and spiritual state as it was of appropriate outward, physical actions; and that sacred performance was a powerful, important force in medieval Europe that various Christians used to support their own beliefs or to contest the beliefs and practices of others.
dc.format.extent324 pages
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherTemple University. Libraries
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dc.subjectDance
dc.subjectBeguines
dc.subjectDance
dc.subjectMedieval
dc.subjectPerformance
dc.subjectThirteenth-century
dc.titleDancing in Body and Spirit: Dance and Sacred Performance in Thirteenth-Century Beguine Texts
dc.typeText
dc.type.genreThesis/Dissertation
dc.contributor.committeememberBond, Karen E.
dc.contributor.committeememberBiddick, Kathleen
dc.contributor.committeememberFlanagan, Eileen
dc.description.departmentDance
dc.relation.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.34944/dspace/3724
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dc.description.degreePh.D.
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