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Title: Quotation and Imitation in Hadewijch's Visioenen
Subtitle: The Visionary and the Vernacular Voice of Christ
Author(s): ZIMBALIST, Barbara
Journal: Ons Geestelijk Erf
Volume: 83 Issue: 3 Date: September 2012
This essay argues that Hadewijch’s Visioenen represent Christ’s visionary speech as a mode of vernacular devotional instruction. By drawing on the rhetorical construct of oratio recta to represent Christ’s increasingly abstract Voice in dialogue with Hadewijch’s increasingly sophisticated narrative voice, the Visioenen offer readers an opportunity for engagement with the vernacular Word of God. Hadewijch’s Visioenen thus represent an early example of the generic category of visionary texts produced by women which prioritize verbal engagement with Christ as a mode of imitatio Christi.