Consuming Visions: Mass Culture and the Lourdes Shrine / Edition 1

Consuming Visions: Mass Culture and the Lourdes Shrine / Edition 1

by Suzanne K. Kaufman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801442486

ISBN-13: 9780801442483

Pub. Date: 12/10/2004

Publisher: Cornell University Press

"Plastic Madonnas, packaged holy tours, and biblical theme parks can arouse discomfort, laughter, and even revulsion in religious believers and nonbelievers alike. Scholars, too, often see the intermingling of religion and commerce as a corruption of true spirituality. Suzanne K. Kaufman challenges these assumptions in her examination of the Lourdes pilgrimage in late…  See more details below

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"Plastic Madonnas, packaged holy tours, and biblical theme parks can arouse discomfort, laughter, and even revulsion in religious believers and nonbelievers alike. Scholars, too, often see the intermingling of religion and commerce as a corruption of true spirituality. Suzanne K. Kaufman challenges these assumptions in her examination of the Lourdes pilgrimage in late nineteenth-century France." Consuming Visions offers new ways to interpret material forms of worship, female piety, and modern commercial culture. Kaufman argues that the melding of traditional pilgrimage activities with a newly developing mass culture produced fresh expressions of popular faith. For the devout women of humble origins who flocked to the shrine, this intensely exciting commercialized worship offered unprecedented opportunities to connect with the sacred and express their faith in God.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801442483
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
12/10/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : religious and modern : pilgrimage to Lourdes1
1Remaking Lourdes : Catholic pilgrimage as modern spectacle16
2Commercialized pilgrimage and religious debasement62
3Scientific sensationalism and the miracle cure95
4Female pilgrims and spiritual authority135
5Public wager : publicity and the truth of the cure162
Epilogue : politics and mass culture : representing Lourdes in the twentieth century194

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