The Image of St Francis

The Image of St Francis PDF Book Detail Author: Rosalind B. Brooke
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521782913
Category : Art
Languages : en
Pages : 524

Book Description
An important reappraisal of the image of St Francis as it was recorded in literature, documents, architecture and art. Highly illustrated throughout, including colour and black and white plates, and containing key extracts from the major sources, this book bridges the boundaries of history and the history of art.

Virgin Martyrs

Virgin Martyrs PDF Book Detail Author: Karen Anne Winstead
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 9780801433337
Category : Religion
Languages : en
Pages : 201

Book Description
That sequence was embellished by incidents emblematic of the specific saint: Juliana's battle with the devil, Barbara's immurement in the tower, Katherine's encounter with spiked wheels.

The Rites of Passage of Jean Genet

The Rites of Passage of Jean Genet PDF Book Detail Author: Gene A. Plunka
Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press
ISBN: 9780838634615
Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 357

Book Description
In this book, Gene A. Plunka argues that the most important single element that solidifies all of Genet's work is the concept of metamorphosis. Genet's plays and prose demonstrate the transition from game playing to the establishment of one's identity through a state of risk taking that develops from solitude. However, risk taking per se is not as important as the rite of passage. Anthropologist Victor Turner's work in ethnography is used as a focal point for the examination of rites of passage in Genet's dramas. Rejecting society, Genet has allied himself with peripheral groups, marginal men, and outcasts--scapegoats who lack power in society. Much of their effort is spent in revolt or direct opposition in mainstream society that sees them as objects to be abused. As an outcast or marginal man, Genet solved his problem of identity through artistic creation and metamorphosis. Likewise, Genet's protagonists are outcasts searching for positive value in a society over which they have no control; they always appear to be the victims or scapegoats. As outcasts, Genet's protagonists establish their identities by first willing their actions and being proud to do so. Unfortunately, man's sense of Being is constantly undermined by society and the way individuals react to roles, norms, and values. Roles are the products of carefully defined and codified years of positively sanctioned institutional behavior. According to Genet, role playing limits individual freedom, stifles creativity, and impedes differentiation. Genet equates role playing with stagnant bourgeois society that imitates rather than invents; the latter is a word Genet often uses to urge his protagonists into a state of productive metamorphosis. Imitation versus invention is the underlying dialectic between bourgeois society and outcasts that is omnipresent in virtually all of Genet's works. Faced with rejection, poverty, oppression, and degradation, Genet's outcasts often escape their horrible predicaments by living in a world of illusion that consists of ceremony, game playing, narcissism, sexual and secret rites, or political charades. Like children, Genet's ostracized individuals play games to imitate a world that they can not enter. Essentially, the play acting becomes catharsis for an oppressed group that is otherwise confined to the lower stratum of society. Role players and outcasts who try to find an identity through cathartic game playing never realize their potential in Genet's world. Instead, Genet is interested in outcasts who immerse themselves in solitude and create their own sense of dignity free from external control. Most important, these isolated individuals may initially play games, yet they ultimately experience metamorphosis from a world of rites, charades, and rituals to a type of "sainthood" where dignity and nobility reign. The apotheosis is achieved through a distinct act of conscious revolt designed to condemn the risk taker to a degraded life of solitude totally distinct from society's norms and values.

The Last Letters of Thomas More

The Last Letters of Thomas More PDF Book Detail Author: Saint Thomas More
Publisher: Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN:
Category : Religion
Languages : en
Pages : 214

Book Description
More writes on a host of topics - prayer and penance, the right use of riches and power, the joys of heaven, the challenges of maintaining moral virtue, and much more."--BOOK JACKET.

The Saint of Beersheba

The Saint of Beersheba PDF Book Detail Author: Alex Weingrod
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 9780791401385
Category : Social Science
Languages : en
Pages : 148

Book Description
Jones traces the St. Nicholas legend from its origins in 4th c. Asia Minor through the Middle Ages to its form in 19th c. New York. A reprint of the 1978 original. Investigates the yearly pilgrimage and celebration at the grave of Rabbi Chayam Chouri (1885-1957), a Tunisian Jewish leader who emigrated to Israel in 1955. Weingrod (anthropology, Ben Gurion University, Beersheba, Israel) pursues historical and anthropological questions of sainthood and devotion in modern Israel. Includes photographs. Paper edition (unseen), $10.95. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR.

The Making of Saint Louis

The Making of Saint Louis PDF Book Detail Author: Marianne Cecilia Gaposchkin
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 9780801445507
Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 331

Book Description
M. Cecilia Gaposchkin reconstructs and analyzes the process that led to King Louis IX of France's canonization in 1297 and the consolidation and spread of his cult.

The Seashell on the Mountaintop

The Seashell on the Mountaintop PDF Book Detail Author: Alan Cutler
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780525947080
Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 228

Book Description
Documents the work of a seventeenth-century scientist and priest who was the first to conduct geological studies of the earth's layers, revealing in the process the planet's significant age as compared to biblical beliefs. 22,500 first printing.

Lost Saints

Lost Saints PDF Book Detail Author: Tricia A. Lootens
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
ISBN: 9780813916521
Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 243

Book Description
Literary legends have accorded canonicity to women writers such as Felicia Hemans, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and Christina Rossetti, she contends, but often at the cost of discounting their claims as serious poets.

Wounds of Love

Wounds of Love PDF Book Detail Author: Frank Graziano
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 0195136403
Category : Religion
Languages : en
Pages : 338

Book Description
St. Rose of Lima (Isabel Flores y Oliva, 1586-1617) was canonized in 1671 as the first saint of the New World and Patron of the Americas. In this engrossing new biography, Frank Graziano offers the most comprehensive examination of the life of Rose to appear in any language. An obscure, self-mortifying mystic, Rose seems a strange choice for the distinction of first American saint. Graziano argues that the cult that grew up around St. Rose during her life and greatly expanded after her death was seen by both Church and State as a challenge and even a threat to authority. For that reason, he contends, the Church acted quickly to render her harmless by "bringing her into the fold." Graziano goes on to consider Rose's ascetic Christianity in its cultural context. He seeks to discover why the severe austerities and mortifications of female piety that today are regarded as psychopathological were lauded as exemplary means of worship in the seventeenth century. In fact, he shows, St.; Rose's behavior and experiences were initially regarded as pathological by many significant observers within her own culture, but such assessments were gradually dismissed as her saintly image was constructed. Drawing on key archival sources and the insights offered by psychoanalytic theory, Graziano constructs a compelling portrait of one of the Catholic Church's most beloved saints.

For All the Saints

For All the Saints PDF Book Detail Author: Robert Kolb
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780865542709
Category : Religion
Languages : en
Pages : 186

Book Description

Utopia

Utopia PDF Book Detail Author: Saint Thomas More
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9780312122560
Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 236

Book Description
One of the most influential books in the Western tradition, More's "Utopia" (1516) describes an imaginary island community enjoying perfect social and political harmony. This volume is the first to offer the original English translation of the work in an edition that allows readers to explore in-depth the book's historical and intellectual contexts as well as the circumstances of its reception. A detailed introduction discusses the literary and philosophical underpinnings of More's thought and situates More and his work within the political, economic, and religious contexts of 16th century England.

The Life of Saint Audrey

The Life of Saint Audrey PDF Book Detail Author: June Hall McCash
Publisher: McFarland & Company Incorporated Pub
ISBN: 9780786426539
Category : Biography & Autobiography
Languages : en
Pages : 287

Book Description
Written by a woman in an age when women rarely wrote and signed by one who calls herself Marie in an epilogue strikingly similar to that of the Fables of Marie de France, the Vie seinte Audree is a late 12th or early 13th-century Anglo Norman text. Recent scholarship has strongly suggested that The Life of Saint Audrey, published here for the first time as an English translation, may in fact be a fourth text of that earliest known female writer in French, Marie de France.

Lives and Miracles of the Saints

Lives and Miracles of the Saints PDF Book Detail Author: Michael Goodich
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN:
Category : History
Languages : de
Pages : 306

Book Description
Hagiography is a rich source for our knowledge of many aspects of medieval culture and tradition. The lives and miracles of the saints may be read on several levels, both as an expression of the dominant ideology and as a reflection of long-term themes in medieval society. The essays in this volume attempt to exploit the Latin hagiographical sources of the medieval West as means of illuminating our understanding of a variety of such themes: childhood and adolescence, elite and popular religion, sainthood and politics, the mechanism of canonisation, women in the church, dreams, visions and the concept of the miraculous, and the convergence of heresy, disbelief and piety.

Utopia

Utopia PDF Book Detail Author: Sir Thomas More (Saint)
Publisher: Yale Nota Bene
ISBN: 9780300084283
Category : Philosophy
Languages : en
Pages : 173

Book Description
More's Utopia is a complex, innovative and penetrating contribution to political thought, culminating in the famous 'description' of the Utopians, who live according to the principles of natural law, but are receptive to Christian teachings, who hold all possessions in common, and view gold as worthless.

Utopia

Utopia PDF Book Detail Author: Sir Thomas More (Saint)
Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company Incorporated
ISBN: 9780872203778
Category : Philosophy
Languages : en
Pages : 203

Book Description
Wootton's translation brings out the liveliness of More's work and offers an accurate and reliable version of a masterpiece of social theory. His edition is further distinguished by the inclusion of a translation of Erasmus's 'The Sileni of Alcibiades, ' a work very close in sentiment to Utopia, and one immensely influential in the sixteenth century. This attractive combination suits the edition especially well for use in Renaissance and Reformation courses as well as as for Western Civilization survey courses. Wootton's Introduction simultaneously provides a remarkably useful guide to anyone's first reading of More's mysterious work and advances an original argument on the origins and purposes of Utopia which no one interested in sixteenth-century social theory will want to miss.

Friends of God

Friends of God PDF Book Detail Author: John Renard
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520242913
Category : Religion
Languages : en
Pages : 346

Book Description
"I know of no other work in Western scholarship and pedagogy of Islamic studies with the scope and depth of Friends of God. Renard does not only provide well organized, richly detailed, absorbing, and delightful coverage of the best known literature on Muslim saints and sainthood, but he also brings the reader into modern and contemporary contexts where the subject continues to be of considerable personal and communal spiritual importance. This book is new and urgently needed in today's world, whether in the university or across the global landscape of adult reflection on Islam and Muslims. "--Frederick Mathewson Denny, author of An Introduction to Islam and Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at the University of Colorado, at Boulder