hagiography


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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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Collins ends by casting a brief glance at the hagiography of the post-Reformation period, highlighting in particular its polemical functions and the philological precision and documentary thoroughness that characterized the Bollandist enterprise.
To provide evidence for his thesis, Kleinberg examines several saints' lives in detail while spending intervening chapters analyzing changes in the genre of hagiography.
It is particularly surprising that generic relations between hagiography and the nineteenth-century Bildungsroman have not attracted more critical attention, for suggestive parallels exist between these two text-types: both focus on the formation of individuals, whose lives are often conceived of in terms of a journey; there is in both kinds of writing an emphasis on the interiority of their subjects, and turning points, or moments of revelation, are usually readily identifiable.
Personal Recollections of loan of Arc is linked to fairytale, epic, and hagiography.
In the chapters on hagiography, Martin adduces several examples of 'the virtuous Jew', existing alongside a range of other types, such as those of the sincere but deluded truth-seeker, the wicked sorcerer, or the bloodthirsty murderer.
In five elegant case studies, Frazier demonstrates the scale and scope of humanist hagiography and explores its varied connections with both cultural traditions and current politics.
I'm starting to feel embarrassed,'' she said of all the hagiography at one point -- and that was before the montage focusing on her fashion sense.
The book was almost a hagiography of the royal family, but the fact that she had spoken at all was enough for them to ostracise her for the rest of her life.
The reader gets a heavy dose of Olson's devotion to Flacius and revulsion of Melanchthon, leading this reviewer to wonder whether Olson tends toward presenting a hagiography rather than a biography.
A combination of biography, philosophy, and story, The Great Mission is an hagiography which is unique from the many books previously written about Ball Shem Tov who founded the Chasidic movement.
Despite this, the book is not an exercise in hagiography but an attempt to rescue the family from 'scholarly neglect'.
134va-146vb and the Editor of Studies in Philology for permission to reprint Jane Zatta's study, "The Vie Seinte Osith: Hagiography and Politics in Anglo-Norman England," Studies in Philology 96 (1999): 367-93.