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The Resource Saving shame : martyrs, saints, and other abject subjects, Virginia Burrus

Saving shame : martyrs, saints, and other abject subjects, Virginia Burrus

Label
Saving shame : martyrs, saints, and other abject subjects
Title
Saving shame
Title remainder
martyrs, saints, and other abject subjects
Statement of responsibility
Virginia Burrus
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Virginia Burrus explores one of the strongest and most disturbing aspects of the Christian tradition, its excessive preoccupation with shame. While Christianity has frequently been implicated in the conversion of ancient Mediterranean cultures from shame- to guilt-based, and thus in the emergence of the modern West's emphasis on guilt, Burrus seeks to recuperate the importance of shame for Christian culture. Focusing on late antiquity, she explores a range of fascinating phenomena, from the flamboyant performances of martyrs to the imagined abjection of Christ, from the self-humiliating disciplines of ascetics to the intimate disclosures of Augustine." "Burrus argues that Christianity innovated less by replacing shame with guilt than by embracing shame. Indeed, the ancient Christians sacrificed honor but laid claim to their own shame with great energy, at once intensifying and transforming it. Public spectacles of martyrdom became the most visible means through which vulnerability to shame was converted into a defiant witness of identity; this was also where the sacrificial death of the self exemplified by Christ's crucifixion was most explicitly appropriated by his followers. Shame showed a more private face as well, as Burrus demonstrates. The ambivalent lure of fleshly corruptibility was explored in the rheological imaginary of incarnational Christology. It was further embodied in the transgressive disciplines of saints who plumbed the depths of humiliation. Eventually, with the advent of literary and monastic confessional practices, the shame of sin's inexhaustibility made itself heard in the revelations of testimonial discourse." "In conversation with an eclectic constellation of theorists, Burrus interweaves her historical argument with theological, psychological, and ethical reflections. She proposes, finally, that early Christian texts may have much to teach us about the secrets of shame that lie at the heart of our capacity for humility, courage, and transformative love."--Jacket
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Cataloging source
E7B
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Burrus, Virginia
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Divinations
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  • Shame
  • Humiliation
  • RELIGION
  • Humiliation
  • Shame
  • Schaamte
  • Christentum
  • Scham
  • Scham
  • Christentum
  • Christentum
  • Scham
  • Skamkänslor
  • Fornkyrkan
Label
Saving shame : martyrs, saints, and other abject subjects, Virginia Burrus
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 177-186) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Outing shame -- Shameless witnesses -- An embarrassment of flesh -- The desire and pursuit of humiliation -- Shameful confessions -- Afterword: Shame, politics, love
Control code
ocn859162263
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 193 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780812201512
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt35cqn0
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)859162263
Label
Saving shame : martyrs, saints, and other abject subjects, Virginia Burrus
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 177-186) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Outing shame -- Shameless witnesses -- An embarrassment of flesh -- The desire and pursuit of humiliation -- Shameful confessions -- Afterword: Shame, politics, love
Control code
ocn859162263
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 193 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780812201512
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt35cqn0
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)859162263

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