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The Resource The sex lives of saints : an erotics of ancient hagiography, Virginia Burrus

The sex lives of saints : an erotics of ancient hagiography, Virginia Burrus

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The sex lives of saints : an erotics of ancient hagiography
Title
The sex lives of saints
Title remainder
an erotics of ancient hagiography
Statement of responsibility
Virginia Burrus
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Has a repressive morality been the primary contribution of Christianity to the history of sexuality? The ascetic concerns that pervade ancient Christian texts would seem to support such a common assumption. Focusing on hagiographical literature, Virginia Burrus pursues a fresh path of interpretation, arguing that the early accounts of the lives of saints are not antierotic but rather convey a sublimely transgressive "countereroticism" that resists the marital, procreative ethic of sexuality found in other strands of Christian tradition. Without reducing the erotics of ancient hagiography to a single formula, The Sex Lives of Saints frames the broad historical, theological, and theoretical issues at stake in such a revisionist interpretation of ascetic eroticism, with particular reference to the work of Michel Foucault and Georges Bataille, David Halperin and Geoffrey Harpham, Leo Bersani and Jean Baudrillard. Burrus subsequently proceeds through close, performative readings of the earliest Lives of Saints, mostly dating to the late fourth and early fifth centuries-Jerome's Lives of Paul, Malchus, Hilarion, and Paula; Gregory of Nyssa's Life of Macrina; Augustine's portrait of Monica; Sulpicius Severus's Life of Martin; and the slightly later Lives of so-called harlot saints. Queer, s/m, and postcolonial theories are among the contemporary discourses that prove intriguingly resonant with an ancient art of "saintly" loving that remains, in Burrus's reading, promisingly mobile, diverse, and open-ended
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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 : rereading late ancient religion
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  • Sex
  • Christian hagiography
  • HISTORY
  • Christian hagiography
  • Sex
Label
The sex lives of saints : an erotics of ancient hagiography, Virginia Burrus
Instantiates
Publication
Note
First paperback edition 2008
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-208) 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
  • The sex lives of saintsSecrets of Seduction: The Lives of Holy Harlots
  • Postscript (Catching My Breath)
  • Introduction: Hagiography and the History of Sexuality
  • Chapter 1.
  • The sex lives of saintsFancying Hermits: Sublimation and the Arts of Romance
  • Chapter 2.
  • The sex lives of saintsDying for a Life: Martyrdom, Masochism, and Female (Auto)Biography
  • Chapter 3.
  • The sex lives of saintsHybrid Desire: Empire, Sadism, and the Soldier Saint
  • Chapter 4.
Control code
ocn759158154
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (vi, 216 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780812200720
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
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22573/ctt35d996
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)759158154
Label
The sex lives of saints : an erotics of ancient hagiography, Virginia Burrus
Publication
Note
First paperback edition 2008
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-208) 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
  • The sex lives of saintsSecrets of Seduction: The Lives of Holy Harlots
  • Postscript (Catching My Breath)
  • Introduction: Hagiography and the History of Sexuality
  • Chapter 1.
  • The sex lives of saintsFancying Hermits: Sublimation and the Arts of Romance
  • Chapter 2.
  • The sex lives of saintsDying for a Life: Martyrdom, Masochism, and Female (Auto)Biography
  • Chapter 3.
  • The sex lives of saintsHybrid Desire: Empire, Sadism, and the Soldier Saint
  • Chapter 4.
Control code
ocn759158154
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (vi, 216 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780812200720
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt35d996
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)759158154

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