Chapter

Conditioned Perceptions

Frank Graziano

in Wounds of Love

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780195136401
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835164 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195136403.003.0003
Conditioned Perceptions

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Considers the ways in which sanctity is constructed in folklore, hagiography, iconography, and testimony taken during processes for canonization. Detailed analysis elucidates how an unrealized ideal constructed textually serves as the model for aspirants to sanctity, how this prototype becomes a palimpsest as over the centuries new textually constructed lives are embedded, how tautology contributes to perceptions of sanctity, and how true saints are distinguished from impostors. The case material includes saints Catherine of Siena, Mariana of Jesus, and Teresa of Avila, in addition to Rose of Lima.

Keywords: construction; hagiography; iconography; imitation; medieval saints; prototype; Leonard Hansen; St. Catherine of Siena; St. Mariana of Jesus; St. Teresa of Avila

Chapter.  17883 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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