Faculty Colloquium Series: Nancy Warren

“The Legacies of Medieval Female Spirituality in the Writings of Marie de l’Incarnation”

Tuesday, 24 January 2017, 4-5 p.m.
Glasscock Center Library, 311 Glasscock Building
The paper is available to members of the Center’s listserv, or by contacting the Glasscock Center by phone at (979) 845-8328 or by e-mail at glasscock@tamu.edu.

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Nancy Warren | Professor, Department of English, 2016-17 Glasscock Faculty Research Fellow, Texas A&M University

Dr. Warren’s areas of specialization include medieval and early modern literature and culture; female spirituality; transnational approaches to literature (especially England, France, and Spain); and intersections of gender, religion, and nationality.


Abstract
The paper comes from the first chapter of my book Hemispheric Medievalisms: The “Old Religion” in the New World, 1550-1800.  This chapter explores the legacies of medieval female spirituality in the writings of Marie de l’Incarnation.  Born in Tours, France, Marie married, had a son (whom she abandoned when he was twelve years old), professed as a nun, and in 1639 founded the Ursuline nunnery in Québec.  Marie left an enormous textual corpus, including various forms of life writing and a voluminous correspondence with her son.  These texts bear witness to the ways in which her spiritual life, like those of her medieval predecessors, was shaped by her affective and embodied ways of knowing God and knowing herself, was centered on her engagement with the incarnate and crucified Christ, and was formed by discourses of maternity and marriage.

The Faculty Colloquium offers faculty an opportunity to discuss a work-in-progress with colleagues from different disciplines. By long-standing practice, colloquium presenters provide a draft of their current research, which is made available to members of the Glasscock Center listserv. Each colloquium begins with the presenter’s short (10-15 minute) exposition of the project, after which the floor is open for comments and queries. The format is by design informal, conversational, and interdisciplinary.

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