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Particularity and Physicality

Richard Parish

in Catholic Particularity in Seventeenth-Century French Writing

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199596669
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729126 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199596669.003.0003
Particularity and Physicality

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The second chapter moves on to the central Christian doctrine of the Incarnation. It considers the role of Judaism in Christian apologetics, and examines the specifics of Christ’s life, looking in that context at devotion to St Joseph and to the Virgin Mary; at the image of the spouse in its more and less orthodox formulations, with particular reference to the element of spiritual eroticism in the autobiography of St Margaret Mary; and at modes of devotional association with the Passion, notably in the sonnets of La Ceppède. It continues by considering the portrayal of early martyrs in contemporary tragedies (by Rotrou and Pierre Corneille); and concludes by assessing the impact of teaching surrounding sacraments and relics.

Keywords: Incarnation; Virgin Mary; imagery; St Margaret Mary; eroticism; Passion; sonnets; martyr tragedies; sacraments; relics

Chapter.  16556 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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