6> The meat of Boon’s introduction emphasizes what we might call the gender bending of de la Cruz’s sermons. Like Bynum’s older works, Boon analyzes how de la Cruz played with the gender binary, drawing from both feminine and masculine imagery in her attempts not only to connect her readers with the divine but also to understand it herself. Given that it has been nearly thirty years since Bynum first proposed these ideas, it is rather unsurprising for a scholar to illustrate medieval mystics defying traditional gender pairings. Boon’s analysis may be uninspiring but it is well done, with Boon fleshing out specific details within her larger arguments. Moreover, given her desire to bring de la Cruz into a medieval visionary dialogue, it is justifiable that she would draw upon the Bynum for inspiration.
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