The Jesuits, II: Cultures Sciences and the Arts

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Recent years have seen scholars in a wide range of disciplines re-evaluate the history of the Society of Jesus. In 1997, a group of scholars convened a major international conference to discuss the world of the Jesuits between 1540 and 1773 (the year of its suppression by papal edict). This meeting led to the creation of the first volume in this series, The Jesuits, which examined the worldwide Jesuit undertaking in such fields as music, art, architecture, devotional writing, mathematics, physics, astronomy, ...

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Overview

Recent years have seen scholars in a wide range of disciplines re-evaluate the history of the Society of Jesus. In 1997, a group of scholars convened a major international conference to discuss the world of the Jesuits between 1540 and 1773 (the year of its suppression by papal edict). This meeting led to the creation of the first volume in this series, The Jesuits, which examined the worldwide Jesuit undertaking in such fields as music, art, architecture, devotional writing, mathematics, physics, astronomy, natural history, public performance, and education, with special attention to the Jesuits' interaction with non-European cultures.

This second volume, following a second conference in 2002, continues in a similar path as its predecessor, complementing the regional coverage with contributions on the Flemish and Iberian provinces, on the missions in Japan, and in post-Suppression Russia and the United States. The performing arts, like theatre and music, are broadly treated, and, in addition to continued attention to painting and architecture, the volume contains essays on a range of objets d'art, including statuary, reliquaries, and alter pieces - as well as on gardens, mechanical clocks, and related automata. Other themes include finances, natural theology, censorship within the Jesuit order, and the Society's relationship to women.

Perhaps most important, the volume gives particular attention to the eighteenth century, the 'age of disasters' for the Jesuits - the negative papal ruling on Chinese Rites, the destruction the of Paraguay Reductions, and the suppressions of the order that began in Portugal and that culminated in the general Suppression of 1773. With contributions from distinguished scholars from a dozen different countries, The Jesuits, II continues in the illustrious tradition of its predecessor to make an important contribution to religious memory.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802038616
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 800
  • Product dimensions: 6.17 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 2.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Gauvin Alexander Bailey is an associate Professor in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Clark University.

Steven J. Harris is a professor at the Jesuit Institute, Boston College.

John W. O'Malley, S.J., is professor in the Department of Church History at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology.

T. Frank Kennedy, S.J. is a professor in and chair of the Department of Music at Boston College.

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Table of Contents

1 Every tub on its own bottom : funding a Jesuit college in early modern Europe 5
2 The Jesuits and the art of translation in early modern Europe 24
3 Join the Jesuits, see the world : early modern women in Spain and the society of Jesus 33
4 Between history and myth : the Monita secreta Societatis Jesu 50
5 Revolutionary pedagogues? : how Jesuits used education to change society 66
6 The Jesuit garden 86
7 Jesuit uses of art in the province of Flanders 113
8 Meditation, ministry, and visual rhetoric in Peter Paul Rubens's program for the Jesuit Church in Antwerp 157
9 Art in the service of God : the impact of the society of Jesus on the decorative arts in Portugal 182
10 Cultural convergence at the ends of the Earth : the unique art and architecture of the Jesuit missions to the Chiloe archipelago (1608-1767) 211
11 The rural churches of the Jesuit Haciendas on the Southern Peruvian coast 240
12 Suzhou prints and western perspective : the painting techniques of Jesuit artists at the Qing court, and dissemination of the contemporary court style of painting to mid-eighteenth-century Chinese society through woodblock prints 262
13 Picturing Jesuit anti-Copernican consensus : astronomy and biblical exegesis in the engraved title-page of Clavius's Opera mathematica (1612) 291
14 Jesuit influences on Galileo's science 314
15 Utility, edification, and superstition : Jesuit censorship and Athanasius Kircher's Oedipus Aegyptiacus 336
16 Teaching mathematics in Jesuit schools : programs, course content, and classroom practices 355
17 Entering dangerous ground : Jesuits teaching astrology and chiromancy in Lisbon 371
18 Science and enlightenment in eighteenth-century Spain : the contribution of the Jesuits before and after the expulsion 390
19 The reception of a theory : a provisional syllabus of Boscovich literature, 1746-1800 405
20 'A certain indulgence' : music at the Jesuit College in Paris, 1575-1590 454
21 Between stage and divine service : Jesuits and theatrical music 479
22 Sung catechism and college opera : two musical genres in the Jesuit evangelization of colonial Chile 498
23 The orator's performance : gesture, word, and image in theatre at the Collegio Romano 512
24 The Jesuit stage and theatre in Milan during the eighteenth century 530
25 'Lascivi Spettacoli' : Jesuits and theatre (from the underside) 550
26 Grammar and virtue : the formulation of a cultural and missionary program by the Jesuits in early colonial Peru 576
27 The problematic acquisition of indigenous languages : practices and contentions in missionary specialization in the Jesuit province of Peru (1568-1640) 602
28 The uses of shamanism : evangelizing strategies and missionary models in seventeenth-century Brazil 616
29 Jesuits, too : Jesuits, women catechists, and Jezebels in Christian-century Japan 638
30 Clockwork and the Jesuit mission in China 658
31 Between the rigorist hammer and the deist anvil : the fate of the Jesuits in eighteenth-century France 682
32 The expulsion of the Jesuits and the treatment of Catholic representational objects during the French revolution 691
33 The gang of four and the campaign against the Jesuits in eighteenth-century Brazil 707
34 Twilight in the imperial city : the Jesuit mission in China, 1748-60 725
35 Boscovich in the Balkans : a Jesuit perspective on orthodox Christianity in the age of enlightenment 738
36 A Jesuit Beata at the time of the suppression in the viceroyalty of Rio de la Plata : Maria Antonia de Paz y Figueroa, 1730-1799 758
37 The post-suppression society of Jesus in the United States and Russia : two unlikely settings 772
Jesuit opera in seventeenth-century Vienna : Patientis Christi memoria by Johann Bernhard Staudt (1654-1712) 787
Patientis Christi memoria : text 793
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