Dr. Sharmain van Blommestein, is an Associate Professor at SUNY Potsdam and received her Ph.D. from University of Florida and specializes in Medieval/Renaissance and Feminist Theory/Women’s Studies topics.

(See my biography page for more information).


Publications:
Body as Book: Mortification of the Flesh, Self-Harm, and Wounds as Rhetorical Sign and Agency

Medieval mystics are similar to modern Cutters because they scar their bodies via an epistemology of the self, where the body becomes a site to tell their stories.

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The Dancing Whore and the Body as Spectacle: Ballet Girls and the Romance and Ravishings between Ballet and Prostitution

The paper discusses the connections between ballet, impropriety, and prostitution, on stage or true-to-life, which was born out of the mid eighteenth and nineteenth century ballet movements.

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Medieval Redemptive Suffering: Female Mystical Expressions of Pain and Pleasure and Medieval Society’s Influence on Mystical Spirituality

Medieval female mystics found spiritual benefits from voluntarily administering physical pain through emotional and corporeal suffering via the Passion of Christ, and represented spiritual and secular love in the process.

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Published online: August 22, 2014

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