Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York
 



Brian Klinzing


The Gendering of the Supernatural: A Typology of the Miracles in the Golden Legend

Winner of the Loomie Prize for Best Graduate Student Paper, 1998

Brian Klinzing's paper, "The Gendering of the Supernatural: A Typology of the Miracles in the Golden Legend," is a methodologically sophisticated contribution to studies of medieval saints' lives. Klinzing applies techniques of quantification to a slippery narrative source and succeeds marvelously in convincing this reader of the viability of the approach. Quantification inevitably requires the imposition of artificial categories of analysis -- the category of "lethal miracles" is one such -- and Klinzing handled this task with considerable care and sympathy. The paper makes a significant contribution: not only does it go beyond the typically pointillist approach that has dominated studies of this source, it also reaches an important conclusion regarding the role of gender in medieval cultural constructions of saintliness. Klinzing handles an impressively large and diverse bibliography with consummate skill, and should be congratulated.

Site  | Directories
Submit Search Request