Veerle Fraeters

Veerle Fraeters


Grote Kauwenberg 34
2000 Antwerpen, BEL

Veerle Fraeters is Professor at the Ruusbroec Institute of the University of Antwerp. She specializes in medieval mysticism, with a special focus on the Middle Dutch tradition, on visionary literature, on women authors and on the Brabantine mystic Hadewijch. Recent publications include, as author, the chapter 'Visio' in the Cambridge Companion to Christian Mysticism (2012), and, as editor (with M.-E. Gongora and Th. de Hemptinne), the volume Speaking to the Eye. Sight and Insight through Text and Image (1150-1650) (Brepols, 2013) and (with Imke de Gier), Mulieres Religiosae. Shaping Female Spiritual Authority in the Medieval and Early Modern Times (Brepols, 2014). She is editor, with Frank Willaert, of the new edition with Dutch translation and commentary of Hadewijchs Verzamelde Werken (Complete Works) of which the prize winning first volume Liederen (Songs) came out in 2009 (Historische Uitgeverij Groningen). A recent line of research is the reception, translation, appropriation and mobilisation of the Middle Dutch mystics in modern and contemporary culture.

Research Interests:

  • medieval literature: questions of genre, style, intertextuality, gender, reception
  • mysticism: vernacular mysticism, women mystics, mystical anthropology
  • vision: the visionary genre, premodern visionary culture, the anthropology of the visionary experience
  • circulation of literature: cross-temporal,  transnational, interlingual, intermedial
  • sites of the medieval  and of the religious in modernity
  • the alchemical tradition

Supervisor of current PhD projects:

  • Ine Kiekens (Gent/Antwerpen), 'Vanden twaelf dogheden': an exemplary study of the functions, distribution and impact of Middle Dutch mystical writings. Supervisors Veerle Fraeters and Samuel Mareel (Gent)
  • Alexia Lagast (Antwerpen),  Travel narrative truth: the construction of trustworthiness in Tvoyage van Mher Joos van Ghistele (ca. 1490). Supervisors: Frank Willaert and Veerle Fraeters
  • Jonas van Mulder (Antwerpen), Dynamics of visionary lay devotion. The representation of visions, dreams and apparitions in late medieval and early modern miracle collections in the Low Countries (1350-1750). Supervisors: Veerle Fraeters and Guido Marnef - PhD defended: 29.04.2016
  • Imke de Gier (Antwerpen), ‘Ce livre monstrera a tous vraye lumiere de verité’. Marguerite Porete‘s Le Mirouer des simples ames as a mystagogic text, Supervisor: Veerle Fraeters - PhD defended: 12.12.2013