Narrative Time and Mystical Theology in Late Fifteenth-Century England
From Matt Baines
"Narrative Time and Mystical Theology in Late Fifteenth-Century England" by Prof. Laura Saetveit Miles. Prof. Miles’s talk looks at how Richard Methley, a late-medieval English mystic, combines liturgic time and present-tense narrative to evoke the experience of divine union. Prof. Miles is professor of British literature in the Department of Foreign Languages at the University of Bergen, Norway. She has published on medieval visionary women, devotional and mystical literature, Syon Abbey, the Carthusians, and queer and feminist approaches to the Middle Ages. Her monograph The Virgin Mary’s Book at the Annunciation: Reading, Interpretation, and Devotion in Medieval England came out with Boydell & Brewer in 2020, and has won the Brewer Book Prize from the American Society of Church History. Currently she is working on a project analyzing the influence of the visionary St. Birgitta in late-medieval England, funded by the Research Council of Norway.