Writing and Holiness: The Practice of Authorship in the Early Christian East

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August 2004



Drawing on comparative literature, ritual and performance studies, and the history of asceticism, Derek Krueger explores how early Christian writers came to view writing as salvific, as worship through the production of art.


1. Literary Composition as a Religious Activity
2. Typology and Hagiography: Theodoret of Syrrhus's Religious History
3. Biblical Authors: The Evangelists as Saints
4. Hagiography as Devotion: Writing in the Cult of the Saints
5. Hagiography as Asceticism: Humility as Authorial Practice
6. Hagiography as Liturgy: Writing and Memory in Gregory of Nyssa's Life of Macrina
7. Textual Bodies: Plotinus, Syncletica, and the Teaching of Addai
8. Textuality and Redemption: The Hymns of Romanos the Melodist
9. Hagiographical Practice and the Formation of Identity: Genre and Discipline List of Abbreviations Notes Bibliography Index Acknowledgments


Derek Krueger is Joe Rosenthal Excellence Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. He is the author of Symeon the Holy Fool: Leontius's Life and the Late Antique City.


"Lucid, innovative, beautifully written, a real contribution not just to the scholarship of the early Byzantine world but to conceptions of authorship and composition on a theoretical plane."-Margaret E. Mullett, Queens University Belfast "A provocative, stimulating, and complex book, which will reward a close reading by advanced students of Greek hagiography."-Speculum "A delight to read. Erudite yet accessible... A coherent reading of the practice of hagiographical writing as an ascetic tradition which both celebrated the author as creator and placed him in the context of a scribe whose task was to record less his own view of holiness than heavenly insights."-Mystics Quarterly
EAN: 9780812238198
ISBN: 0812238192
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: August 2004
Seitenanzahl: 312 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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