The Corporeal Imagination: Signifying the Holy in Late Ancient Christianity Paperback

Signifying the Holy in Late Ancient Christianity

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The Corporeal Imagination: Signifying the Holy in Late Ancient Christianity

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With few exceptions, the scholarship on religion in late antiquity has emphasized its tendencies toward transcendence, abstraction, and spirit at the expense of matter. In The Corporeal Imagination, Patricia Cox Miller argues instead that ancient Christianity took a material turn between the fourth and seventh centuries. During this period, Miller contends, there occurred a major shift in the ways in which the human being was oriented in relation to the divine, a shift that reconfigured the relationship between materiality and meaning in a positive direction. The Corporeal Imagination is a groundbreaking investigation into the theological poetics of material substance in late ancient Christian texts. From hagiographies to literary descriptions of sacred paintings to treatises on relics and theurgy, Miller examines a wide variety of ancient texts to reveal how Christian writers increasingly described the matter of the world as invested with divine power. By appealing to the reader's sensory imagination, Christian texts endowed phenomena like relics, saints' bodies in hagiography, and saints' presence in icons with a visual and tactile presence.
The book draws on a variety of contemporary theoretical models to elucidate the significance of all these materials in ancient religious life and imagination.

The Corporeal Imagination: Signifying the Holy in Late Ancient Christianity by Patricia Cox Miller was published by University of Pennsylvania Press in January 2016. The ISBN for The Corporeal Imagination: Signifying the Holy in Late Ancient Christianity is 9780812223552.

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Page last updated 17th March 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherUniversity of Pennsylvania Press (January 2016)
Weight404g
Number of Pages272
Thickness16 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
ISBN9780812223552
ISBN-100812223551
Product Code4379746
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