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Sacred fictions : holy women and hagiography in late antiquity

Author: Lynda L Coon
Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©1997.
Series: Middle Ages series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Late antique and early medieval hagiographic texts present holy women as simultaneously pious and corrupt, hideous and beautiful, examplars of depravity and models of sanctity. In Sacred Fictions Lynda Coon unpacks these paradoxial representations to reveal the construction and circumscription of women's roles in the early Christian centuries. The sacred fictions of holy women were written within the context of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lynda L Coon
ISBN: 0812233719 9780812233711
OCLC Number: 36621700
Description: xxiii, 228 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Hagiography and sacred models --
Gender, hagiography, and the Bible --
The rhetorical uses of clothing in the lives of sacred males --
God's holy harlots: the redemptive lives of Pelagia of Antioch and Mary of Egypt --
"Through the eye of a needle": wealth and poverty in the lives of Helena, Paula, and Melania the Younger --
Civilizing Merovingian Gaul: the lives of Monegund, Radegund, and Balthild --
Conclusion: sacred fictions.
Series Title: Middle Ages series.
Responsibility: Lynda L. Coon.

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Late antique and early medieval hagiographic texts present holy women as simultaneously pious and corrupt, hideous and beautiful, examplars of depravity and models of sanctity. In Sacred Fictions Lynda Coon unpacks these paradoxial representations to reveal the construction and circumscription of women's roles in the early Christian centuries. The sacred fictions of holy women were written within the context of the institutionalization of the male priesthood and the masculinization of church worship, Coon contends. The windows they open on the past are far from transparent; driven by both literary invention and moral imperative, the stories they tell helped shape Western gender constructs that have survived into modern times.

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"One of the best works on hagiography to apear in the last decade."-Church History "I would recommend this volume to those interested in the study of female sacred biography. It is a solid study of Read more...

 
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