Graduate Papers/Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-14-2017

Document Type

Graduate Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


School of Theology and Seminary

First Advisor

Charles Bobertz, PhD


In addition to monastic and eremitic vocations, medieval women embraced with great fervor the anchoritic life. This unique method of separation produced a multiplicity of metaphorical language to describe the experience of the anchoress and her enclosure. This essay examines a cross section of that metaphorical language, focusing on those which are principally generative and paradoxical.

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