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Author Smith, Rachel J., author

Title Excessive saints : gender, narrative, and theological invention in Thomas of Cantimpré's mystical hagiographies / Rachel J.D. Smith
Published New York : Columbia University Press, [2018]
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Description 1 online resource
Series Gender, theory, and religion
Gender, theory, and religion.
Contents Intro; Table of 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 Hagiography7. Producing the Body of God: Exemplary Teaching, Jewish Carnality and Christian Doubt in the Bonum Universale de Apibus; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Summary Rachel J. D. Smith combines historical, literary, and theological approaches to offer a new interpretation of Thomas of Cantimpré's hagiographies, showing how they employ vivid narrative portrayals of typically female bodies to perform theological work in a rhetorically specific way
Subject Thomas, de Cantimpré, approximately 1200-approximately 1270.
Christian hagiography -- History and criticism.
Christian women saints -- Biography.
Hagiographers -- Belgium -- Biography.
Genre/Form Biography.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0231547935 (electronic bk.)
9780231547932 (electronic bk.)