TitleAuthorship in Middle Dutch Spiritual Literature: Jan van Leeuwen, Godfried van Wevel, and Hadewijch
Date/TimeWednesday 9 July 2014: 14.15-15.45
SponsorHenri Pirenne Institute for Medieval Studies, Universiteit Gent
OrganiserYouri Desplenter, Vakgroep Nederlandse literatuur, Universiteit Gent
Moderator/ChairSteven Vanderputten, Vakgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit Gent
Paper 1235-a Creating Authorship: The Opera Omnia of Jan van Leeuwen
(Language: English)
Eva Vandemeulebroucke, Faculteit Letteren en Wijsbegeerte, Universiteit Gent
Index Terms: Language and Literature - Dutch; Manuscripts and Palaeography; Religious Life
Paper 1235-b Author or Compiler?: The Role of Godfried van Wevel in the Writing of Vanden twaelf dogheden
(Language: English)
Ine Kiekens, Vakgroep Letterkunde, Universiteit Gent
Index Terms: Language and Literature - Dutch; Monasticism; Religious Life
Paper 1235-c Hadewijch: From Magistral Voice to 'Auctorial Oeuvre'
(Language: English)
Veerle Fraeters, Ruusbroecgenootschap, Universiteit Antwerpen
Index Terms: Language and Literature - Dutch; Religious Life; Women's Studies
AbstractSince there are practically no explicit texts addressing authorship in Middle Dutch literature, this session will try to shed a light on the matter of Middle Dutch authorship by discussing three cases from which implicit views on and interpretations of authorship can be deduced. All of the cases presented here are related to the literary activities of the Augustine priory of Groenendaal (near Brussels), c. 1350.
In Groenendaal, spiritual treatises were written, such as 'Vanden twaelf dogheden', in which Godfried van Wevel (1396) silently combined mystical texts of Meister Eckhart and Jan van Ruusbroec. Furthermore, the first opera omnia within Dutch literature were assembled in Groenendaal, such as those of Groenendaal's mystic cook, Jan van Leeuwen (1378). Van Leeuwen himself, had read Hadewijch (c. 1240), a female mystic of whom we know only the name and her writings.