Veridiction in the Mirror of Simple Souls by Marguerite Porete
Keywords:Marguerite Porete, Mirror of Simple Souls, Michel Foucault, mysticism, veridiction
The article looks at Marguerite Porete and her Mirror of Simple Souls through the lens of Michel Foucault’s ideas of veridiction, and its four distinctive types: prophecy, wisdom, teaching, and parrhesia. Even in their hybrid forms, these modes were still tied to specific institutions of truth-telling, with particular participants, spheres of address, and manners of speaking. The article looks at Marguerite’s trial and the central tenets of her work within this framework, and recognizes her mysticism as an attempt to carve out a new space within existing regimes of truth-telling; she does so by relying on the medium of the book or, specifically, a strategic interrelation of body and writing.
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