A delightful inheritance: female agency and the Disputatio tradition in the Hortus deliciarum


A delightful inheritance: female agency and the Disputatio tradition in the Hortus deliciarum

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dc.contributor.advisor Holladay, Joan A.
dc.creator Parker, Sarah C.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-06-04T14:49:57Z
dc.date.available 2010-06-04T14:49:57Z
dc.date.created 2009-08
dc.date.issued 2010-06-04T14:49:57Z
dc.date.submitted August 2009
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2009-08-330
dc.description.abstract The Hortus deliciarum (ca. 1170-ca. 1194, destroyed 1870) was an encyclopedic salvation history created for the canonesses at the Augustinian convent of Hohenburg by their abbess Herrad. Despite the strong role of images in the canonesses’ reception of the manuscript, the Hortus illuminations have thus far not merited a critical consideration. In this thesis, I analyze major individual illuminations in the Hortus as well as the manuscript’s entire structure, and I suggest that Herrad designed the Hortus around contemporary apocalyptic ideas, such as those of Joachim of Fiore, while also illustrating the importance of debate and discussion to the body Christian. The overall composition of the Hortus showed the canonesses that God has chosen to share his knowledge with them. In significant individual images, Herrad expressed that they were to exercise this divine knowledge through debate of theological principles. In the Hortus, debate was shown as originating with Christianity’s Jewish desert predecessors, and the canonesses were encouraged to consider themselves as heirs of this intellectual tradition. Debate appeared as endemic to Christianity and essential to the continued life and prosperity of the Church. In stressing the importance of intellectual activity, while also implying that the canonesses were part of the intellectual elect, the Hortus exerted power that transgressed the library walls and affected the ways the Hohenbourg canonesses performed their faith and understood their responsibility as Christians.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.subject Middle Ages
dc.subject Twelfth century
dc.subject women
dc.subject Hortus deliciarum
dc.subject Hohenbourg
dc.subject monasticism
dc.subject scholasticism
dc.subject disputation
dc.subject Jews
dc.subject apocalypse
dc.subject apocalypticism
dc.subject Joachim of Fiore
dc.subject Honorius Augustodunensis
dc.title A delightful inheritance: female agency and the Disputatio tradition in the Hortus deliciarum
dc.contributor.committeeMember Newman, Martha G., 1958-
dc.description.department Art and Art History
dc.type.genre thesis
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thesis.degree.department Art and Art History
thesis.degree.discipline Art History
thesis.degree.grantor The University of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts

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