School of Theology and Seminary 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

Subject Categories

Arts and Humanities | Religion


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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Religion Commons



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