Unlike other women in the pantheon of English mystics like Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe, the seventeenth-century visionary Jane Lead is far from a household name. And yet her writings, first published in English between 1681 and 1702, have enjoyed a remarkably wide and enduring circulation, influencing the international Pietist movement as well as prophecy movements in the nineteenth century and Pentecostal readers in the twentieth.
This day colloquium will be of interest to anyone engaged in research on radical religion, prophecy and gender in the early modern period, and in mystical religion in Europe more widely. It will bring together leading scholars to examine Lead's context and networks, and the significance of her reception.
Keynote speakers: Prof. Nigel Smith, Princeton University and Prof. Phyllis Mack, Rutgers University
Date: 8th September 2012. 10.00-16.00
Venue: The Hoxton Hotel, Shoreditch, Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3HU
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