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Mary and the Poetry of Romanos the Melodist
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The Virgin in Song: Mary and the Poetry of Romanos the Melodist
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Consistently, Arentzen contends, Romanos counters expectations by shifting emphasis away from Christ himself to focus on Mary-as the subject of the erotic gaze, as a breastfeeding figure of abundance and fertility, and finally as an authoritatively vocal woman who conveys the secrets of her son and the joys of the resurrection. Through his hymns, Romanos inspired an affective relationship between Mary and his audience, bringing the human and the holy into dialogue. By plumbing her emotional depths, the poet traces her process of understanding as she apprehends the mysteries that she embodies. By giving her a powerful voice, he grants subjectivity to a maiden who becomes a mediator. Romanos shaped a figure, Arentzen argues, who related intimately with her flock in a formative period of Christian orthodoxy.
The Virgin in Song: Mary and the Poetry of Romanos the Melodist by Thomas Arentzen was published by University of Pennsylvania Press in April 2017. The ISBN for The Virgin in Song: Mary and the Poetry of Romanos the Melodist is 9780812249071.
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|Author / Artist||Thomas Arentzen|
|Publisher||University of Pennsylvania Press (April 2017)|
|Number of Pages||304|
|Page last updated||21st March 2018|