Women and Miracle Stories: A Multidisciplinary Exploration

Women and Miracle Stories: A Multidisciplinary Exploration

by Anna Korte
     
 

ISBN-10: 9004116818

ISBN-13: 9789004116818

Pub. Date: 11/22/2000

Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.

This book contains a multidisciplinary collection of studies on women in miracle stories found in texts ranging from religious classics to contemporary literary fiction. Miracle stories are a genre of great importance for the study of women's religious inheritance and for the historical and cultural understanding of women as 'makers of faith'. Miracle stories are

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This book contains a multidisciplinary collection of studies on women in miracle stories found in texts ranging from religious classics to contemporary literary fiction. Miracle stories are a genre of great importance for the study of women's religious inheritance and for the historical and cultural understanding of women as 'makers of faith'. Miracle stories are very generally speaking more open to popular religion and culture than, for instance, doctrinal and official ecclesiastical texts, and as such, they can be of special interest to the study of women's lives and religious aspirations. Remarkably, up till now this genre has not been looked at from this point of view. This book aims to open this field for further research by presenting case studies from diverse angles and disciplines.
Some of the questions this book tries to answer are: What do miracle stories specifically tell us about women? Are there some (types of) miracles that are in particular related to (certain groups of) women? What do these stories tell us about women as performers and/or subjects of miracles? What can be said about the social function and religious meaning of miracles by specifically looking at the way certain groups of women are practising and experiencing miracles? By including research on miracle stories in contemporary fiction written by women this book also wants to acknowledge and research the disputed status of 'miracles' as well of 'women' in our present society which is moving from modernity to post-modernity.

Please note that Women and Miracle Stories is previously published by Brill in hardback (ISBN 90 04 16681 8, still available).

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789004116818
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
11/22/2000
Series:
Numen Book Series, #88
Pages:
354
Product dimensions:
7.02(w) x 9.58(h) x 1.17(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
List of Contributors
1Women and Miracle Stories: Introduction1
2Magic, Miracle and Miracle Workers in the Acts of Thecla29
3Fatherly and Motherly Curing in Sixth-Century Gaul: Saint Radegund's Mysterium53
4Women in Columba's Life, as Seen through the Eyes of his Biographer Adomnan87
5Fresh Water for a Tired Soul: Pregnancy and Messianic Desire in a Medieval Jewish Document from Sicily123
6The Life of Christina Mirabilis: Miracles and the Construction of Marginality145
7In Pain You Shall Bear Children (Gen 3:16): Medieval Prayers for a Safe Delivery179
8A Woman Alone: The Beatification of Friederike Hauffe nee Wanner (1801-1829)211
9Mariyamman's Sakti: The Miraculous Power of a Smallpox Goddess248
10Women and Miracles in the Stories of Ingeborg Bachmann271
11Miracles of Desire: Transfigurations in Rhoda Lerman's The Book of the Night299
12A Different Grace: Epilogue325
Index of Authors341
Index of Subjects346

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