Uttering the Word: The Mystical Performances of Maria Maddalena de' Pazzi, a Renaissance Visionary

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SUNY Press - 201 pages
Employing contemporary theoretical perspectives, Uttering the Word provides the first detailed analysis of the language and thought of Maria Maddalena de Pazzi (1566 1607), an important but neglected Renaissance mystic. Borrowing from Lacan, de Certeau, and Deleuze, Maggi analyzes de Pazzi s unique mystical discourse and studies how the Florentine visionary interprets the relationship between orality and writing, authorship and audience, sexual identity and language.

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Contents

Orality and Time in I colloqui
17
Maria Maddalena the Word and the Language
37
The Wedding the Funeral the Memorial
73
The Language of Satan
119
Love Is a Word
139
Notes
163
Select Bibliography
189
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Armando Maggi is Assistant Professor in the Department of Romance Languages at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also the author of Il fermo fluire del se : L impresa rinascimentale e l immagine della propria identita.

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