Department of Religious Studies
Mary A. Suydam (B.A., Ph.D., University of California at Santa Barbara) has taught religion, history, and women's and gender studies courses at Kenyon since 1991. Her research field is medieval mysticism, with an emphasis on the performance aspects of mysticism (the public and performative, rather than the private and ineffable, aspects of the mystical experience). She is the author of numerous articles about Hadewijch of Antwerp, a thirteenth-century Beguine. See, for example, "Women's Texts and Performances in the Medieval Southern Low Countries" in Elina Gertsman, ed., Visualizing Medieval Performance: Perspectives, Histories, Contexts (Ashgate, 2008). She is the co-editor (with Ellen Kittell) of The Texture of Society: Medieval Women in the Southern Low Countries (Palgrave: 2003), and the co-editor (with Joanna Ziegler) of Performance and Transformation: New Approaches to Late Medieval Spirituality (St. Martins, 1999). She is currently writing a book on the varieties of Christian mysticism throughout the centuries.
2012 - 2013