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Description - Sacred Biography by Thomas J. Heffernan

Medieval "saints' lives" are among the oldest literary texts of Western vernacular culture, yet are routinely patronized as "pious fiction". Heffernan demonstrates that to characterize the genre as fiction is to misunderstand the intentions of medieval authors, who were neither simply credulous or blinded by piety. Concentrating on Latin and English texts, Heffernan reconstructs the medieval perspective, arguing that such biographical writing presupposes an entirely different view of the world and the self, and presents new ideas of sin and guilt, of what was real and what imaginary, and for what one should live and die. Offering a new perspective on Christian literary expression, this book will appeal to scholars in Medieval, Religious and New Testament studies, Feminist Studies, and those interested in the history of Christian spirituality.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780195079074
ISBN-10: 0195079078
Format: Paperback
(209mm x 140mm x 24mm)
Pages: 346
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 19-Oct-1992
Country of Publication: United States

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