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Excessive Saints : Gender, Narrative, and Theological Invention in Thomas of Cantimpré's Mystical Hagiographies

Author: Rachel J D Smith; Amy Hollywood
Publisher: New York, NY : Columbia University Press, [2019] ©2018
Series: Gender, Theory, and Religion
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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For thirteenth-century preacher, exorcist, and hagiographer Thomas of Cantimpré, the Southern Low Countries were a harbinger of the New Jerusalem. The Holy Spirit, he believed, was manifesting itself in the lives of lay and religious people alike. Thomas avidly sought out these new kinds of saints, writing accounts of their lives so that these models of sanctity might astound, teach, and trouble the convictions of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Hagiographies
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(DLC) 2018025466
(OCoLC)1035461107
Named Person: Thomas, de Cantimpré; Thomas, von Cantimpré
Material Type: Document, Government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Rachel J D Smith; Amy Hollywood
ISBN: 0231547935 9780231547932
OCLC Number: 1083582113
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Frontmatter --
CONTENTS --
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS --
ABBREVIATIONS --
INTRODUCTION: HAGIOGRAPHICAL THEOLOGY --
MAKING HOLY BODIES FROM THE WORD --
1. THOMAS OF CANTIMPRÉ: HIS LIFE AND LITERARY ACTIVITY --
2. "WITH WONDROUS HORROR SHE FLED": DISSIMILARITY AND SANCTITY IN THE LIFE OF CHRISTINA THE ASTONISHING --
3. GENDERING PARTICULARITY: A COMPARISON OF THE LIFE OF CHRISTINA THE ASTONISHING AND THE LIFE OF ABBOT JOHN OF CANTIMPRÉ --
4. A QUESTION OF PROOF: AUGUSTINE AND THE READING OF HAGIOGRAPHY --
5. LANGUAGE, LITERACY, AND THE SAINTLY BODY --
6. THE USES OF ASTONISHMENT: APOPHASIS AND THE WRITING OF MYSTICAL HAGIOGRAPHY --
7. PRODUCING THE BODY OF GOD: EXEMPLARY TEACHING, JEWISH CARNALITY, AND CHRISTIAN DOUBT IN THE BONUM UNIVERSALE DE APIBUS --
CONCLUSION --
NOTES --
BIBLIOGRAPHY --
INDEX
Series Title: Gender, Theory, and Religion
Responsibility: Rachel J. D. Smith; Amy Hollywood.

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