Hildegard of Bingen: And Her Vision of the Feminine

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Rowman & Littlefield, 1994 - Social Science - 51 pages
In a response to our culture's hunger for a renewed relationship to our vital feminine roots, Nancy Fierro digs her hands into the rich soil of our past and unearths the nourishing bounty of Hildegard of Bingen. From her early experience of abandonment, through her numinous call, her descent into illness, her evolving capacity to embody the light and shadow of her nature, Hildegard's journey is an individuation tale. Dr. Fierro's keen vision gifts us with a Hildegard who is profoundly religious, humanly flawed, creative, sensual, practical, determined, and generous. As a woman who must express the multidimensionality of her whole being to stay truly sane, Hildegard is a sister to us all.
 

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Contents

Early Life
12
Leadership and Vision
14
Creativity and Medicine
20
Hildegards Music
23
The Feminine Divine
25
Mary Ecclesia and Eve
29
Womans Cloud Nature and Sexuality
32
Creative Authority through the Feminine Divine
36
Last Years
38
Epilogue
40
Endnotes
42
Annotated Bibliography
44
Selected Discography
46
Copyright

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Page 45 - Sur, The Feminine Images of God in the Visions of Saint Hildegard of Bingen's 'Scivias' (Lewiston, NY, 1993); Heinrich Schipperges.
Page 5 - THE LIFE OF Hildegard of Bingen exemplifies the breakthrough of a female genius who managed to create an entirely new role for herself and other women without, ostensibly, violating the patriarchal confines within which she functioned.
Page 46 - ... represent excellent value for money, and in several cases offer interesting combinations of a composer's work on a single disc. The last five are compilations which I think offer a fine range of compositions. The order of the first 95 is determined solely by the year of birth of the composer. 1 fflLDEGARD OF BINGEN: A Feather on the Breath of God: Sequences and Hymns.
Page 46 - Five Liturgical Songs by Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179)," in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 5 (1980), 557-567. Bruce W. Hozeski, "Hildegard von Bingen's Ordo Virtutum: The Earliest Morality Play," in The American Benedictine Review, 26 (1975), 251-259.
Page 44 - Fiona Bowie and Oliver Davies, Hildegard of Bingen: Mystical Writings, New York: Crossroads, 1990.
Page 45 - Sabina Flanagan, Hildegard of Bingen: A Visionary Life. New York: Routledge, 1989.
Page 45 - Barbara Lachman, The Journal of Hildegard of Bingen. New York: Bell Tower, 1993.

About the author (1994)

Nancy Fierro, CSJ, is a noted concert pianist and lecturer.

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