The visions of Hildegard van Bingen in the context of twelfth-century performative exegesis.

01 October 2015 → 30 September 2019
Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • History
    • Language studies
    • Literary studies
    • Theory and methodology of language studies
    • Theory and methodology of linguistics
    • Theory and methodology of literary studies
    • Other languages and literary studies
    • Theology and religious studies
monastic literature performative reading Hildegard of Bingen allegory exegesis imaginative theology Rupert of Deutz allegoresis Bernard of Clairvaux
Project description

This project examines the use of allegory in twelfth-century exegetic literature from monastic circles. The central text is Hildegard of Bingen’s visionary trilogy, which is linked to allegorical commentaries and parables. The project examines the hypothesis that this use of allegory is didactic and serves to dramatise the reader’s role in the text.