McCurry, Margaret. "Sound and Silence: A Psychoanalytic Analysis of The Medium," Furman Humanities Review: Vol. 29 , No. 28., 2018. 

Current Research

"The Medium is Her Message: Ineffability in The Book of Margery Kempe"

Chapter one of my dissertation suggests that the Book of Margery Kempe endeavors to resolve its ineffability dilemma by way of xenoglossia-- specifically, the symbolic translation between word and text and the semiotic translation between the Divine and man. In doing so, I argue that Margery Kempe, the spiritual medium, is her message; that is, she effectively activates and embodies her message by breathing significance into her written and verbal expression.

"The 'Raizgia' of 'Aigonz': Mystical Xenoglossia and Hildegard of Bingen's Lingua Ignota"

This paper explores the ineffability dilemma that pervades Hildegard of Bingen's Scivias and examines the lingua ignota, or "unknown language," found among two of its medieval manuscripts. While customarily the lingua ignota has been studied in isolation from the visionary account that precedes it, I argue for its inclusion in Hildegard's mystical oeuvre. By examining Hildegard's lingua ignota through the lens of medieval grammatical theory, I argue for its status as a form of mystical xenoglossy that aims to restore fallen human language to its logocentric ideal. 

Margaret McCurry, New York University, New York, NY 10003.
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