Afterlives of the Saints Hardback

Hagiography, Typology and Renaissance Literature

by Julia Reinhard Lupton

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Afterlives of the Saints

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This book examines the ways in which the literary genre of hagiography and the hermeneutical paradigm of Biblical typology together entered into the construction of the Renaissance as a canon and period. It is not about saints lives in themselves, as either literary or historical phenomena, but instead addresses the structural effects of hagiography in the secular literature of the Renaissance. The central texts analyzed Boccaccio s Decameron, Vasari s Lives of the Artists, and Shakespeare s Measure for Measure and The Winter s Tale all manifest key moments and aspects in the creation of a Renaissance canon for the post-Renaissance world. The epochal significance of these works, saturated in religious allusions as well as scenes of profane life and classical art, is shown to rest in neither the normative piety nor the subversive heresy of any of these writers, but rather in their crafting of myths of modernity precisely out of the religious material that formed such an important part of their daily vocabularies.

Afterlives of the Saints by Julia Reinhard Lupton was published by Stanford University Press in December 1996. The ISBN for Afterlives of the Saints is 9780804726436.

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Details for Afterlives of the Saints

Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherStanford University Press (December 1996)
Number of Pages304
Thickness21 mm
Height224 mm
Width148 mm
Product Code1159569
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