Word and Image in the Mystical Experience, Session International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo 2010

(Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, 13-16 May 2010)This session aims at investigating how words and images function and interact within the mystical experience. Are the ‘tools’ used to achieve an encounter with the divine made more efficacious by the combination of words and images? How do words and images coalesce during a mystical encounter (and this, despite the ideal of an ‘imageless’ devotion)? What part do words and images play in recounting such experiences?