Magistra

Magistra is a magazine focusing on Religion

Articles from Vol. 17, No. 1, Summer

Civilizing Habits: Women Missionaries and the Revival of French Empire
Civilizing Habits: Women Missionaries and the Revival of French Empire, by Sarah. A. Curtis (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010, 371 pp., $74.00, ISBN 978-0-19-539418.This is scholarship at its finest. Sarah Curtis makes clear use of significant and...
Nuns without Cloister: Sisters of St. Joseph in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
Nuns Without Cloister: Sisters of St. Joseph in the Seventeenth And Eighteenth Centuries, Marguerite Vacher, trans. Patricia Byrne & U. S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph (University Press of America, 2010) 460 pp, $50.00, 978-7618-4342-9.Patricia...
"Open Therefore the Eyes of Thine Intellect": Margery Kempe and the Orcherd of Syon
A soule is euere mouinge, and perfore if it goob not forb by vertues, it moste needis go bacwacrd in vicis. Stande stille may it not.-The Orcherd of Sy on, part III, chapter II1Crying as a mode of religious expression is to be found in the yitae of Elizabeth...
Seeing and Being Seen: The Wallpaintings at Marienwerder Cathedral and the Portraits of St. Dorothea Von Montau
On account of political events during the five centuries that separated the original canonization inquiry of 1404-06 and her official canonization in 1976, the lay mystic Dorothea von Montau (1347-1394) at times all but disappeared from public consciousness...
The 1918 Shikoku Pilgrimage of Takamure Itsue: An English Translation of Musume Junreiki
The 1918 Shikoku Pilgrimage of Takamure Itsue: An English translation of Musume Junreiki, Susan Tennant (Bowen Island, B.C.: Bowen Publishing, 2010).My reading of Takamure' s account of her Shikoku pilgrimage for this review started out as a favor to...
The Physical Actions of Medieval Women's Sacred Performances
Many nuns and béguines of the twelfth through the fourteenth centuries performed their faith physically, in ways as subtle as stillness or simple gestures, or as dramatic as violent falling, whirling, or dancing. These sacred performances, deeply meaningful...
Transgressing the Boundaries: Avudai Akkal, an Advaitic Seer
(ProQuest: ... denotes formulae omitted.)The brightest star in the sky of Advaita Vedanta is the 18th century woman sage Avudai Akkal of Tamil Nadu, henceforth referred to as Akka, who used the mode of song to expound Vedantic philosophy to women in...