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hagiography

1. the writing of the lives of the saints
2. biography of the saints
3. any biography that idealizes or idolizes its subject
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The communicative potential of hagiographic manuscripts is considered in terms of layout, composition, intrinsic instability, and monastic context.
As a hagiographic work, its focus on temporal situations, especially political stability and inheritance, distracts the audience from the dream-vision and miracles on which the plot relies; as a romance, its focus on a female protagonist, rather than a male, seems oddly out of place.
Most of the power, however, resided in the pens of the clerics, who drew on older hagiographic texts to create musical devotions that extol the merits of the saints and the city.
There was absolutely no need for a film on Malala to acquire hagiographic proportions, and the filmmaker's bid to overstress on his subject's status as a hallowed icon hurts the intention of the film.
Tahirih's final martyrdom and the hagiographic import of her death are detailed in the concluding Book of the Daughter, where Nakhjavani expertly weaves together the various threads of disparate lives and events that had come into contact with the poetess of Qazvin as Iran itself suffers the dehumanized panic of a "bread riot" and the assassination of the shah himself.
Lambert's skull to illustrate music's role in articulating the interrelationships between saintly and civic merit, ecclesiastical and civic politics, and the hagiographic narratives that underpinned it all.
State television broke away from regular programming with a hagiographic tribute to Lee's life.
It hosts hagiographic treasures from churches and monasteries of the Limassol bishopric, covering a wide stylistic and chronological spectrum spanning from the twelfth to the nineteenth century.
In particular, after a few brief references to hagiological studies in medieval Christianity, Quintman focuses on an exposition of Patrick Geary's approach to the study of hagiographic sources (Geary 1996).
That is the case for hagiographic and religious theater, which is hardly ever staged today, most likely because of its thematic concerns, nowadays considered less palatable than other forms of classical drama.
Concentrating on the plethora of films that dramatise Kelly's history into narrative entertainment, Gaunson pits historical phenomena against filmic representations, which often boil down to hagiographic interpretations rather than factual analyses.
One staple of the classic, often hagiographic, biographies of Vladimir Jabotinsky is the idea that his life was split into two while his transformation from a Russian journalist and aesthete into a Zionist was decisive and irrevocable.