Saints Alive Hardback

Word, Image, and Enactment in the Lives of the Saints

by David Williams;

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Saints Alive

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There is a long tradition of telling the story of the life and death of a saint in a written biographical account known as a hagiography; such accounts have often been seen as providing the basis for what we know about saints. "Saints Alive" advances the discussion of conceptions of sainthood by arguing that written text is only one step in the gradual construction of a more holistic text that includes visual iconography as well as the venerating performances of a saint's devotees. David Williams shows that images associated with saints are not simply illustrations of written accounts, nor are the gestures, prayers and liturgical practices of devotees of saints' cults simply derivative of them. Rather, images and enactments expand and complete the text, adding visual and dramatic dimensions. Williams demonstrates his ideas through discussion and case studies of three saints: the biblical figure of Saint Anne, mother of the Virgin; the medieval English martyr Saint Thomas Becket; and Saint Maximillian Mary Kolbe, who gave his life to save that of another in the Auschwitz concentration camp.A remarkable study of text, image, and enactment, "Saints Alive" presents a complete study of the depiction of saints that will change the way they are understood.

Saints Alive by David Williams was published by McGill-Queen's University Press in September 2010. The ISBN for Saints Alive is 9780773537088.

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Details for Saints Alive

Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherMcGill-Queen's University Press (September 2010)
Number of Pages264
Thickness25 mm
Height231 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code2743523
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