Session Title

Beyond Delooz: Sanctity Individual and Corporate

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Hagiography Society

Organizer Name

Barbara Zimbalist

Organizer Affiliation

Univ. of Texas-El Paso

Presider Name

Janine Larmon Peterson

Presider Affiliation

Marist College

Paper Title 1

The Formulation of Female Holiness and Masculine Integrity: An Examination of Lutgard of Aywières and Jacques de Vitry

Presenter 1 Name

Lydia Walker

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Univ. of Tennessee-Knoxville

Paper Title 2

"Proclaim the truth and do not be silent through fear": Pierre Delooz’s True/Constructed Paradigm of Sanctity and the Life of Catherine of Siena

Presenter 2 Name

Mac K. L. Milmine

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Texas Tech Univ.

Paper Title 3

Beyond, Behind, and In Between: Intersectionality and Sanctity after Delooz

Presenter 3 Name

Barbara Zimbalist

Start Date

12-5-2018 1:30 PM

Session Location

Schneider 1275

Description

Sanctity, as Pierre Delooz argued long ago, is a collaborative construct. Yet just as all saints are constructed by a community, to use his classic formulation, they also function as individual exemplars of a sanctity uniquely situated within a nexus of localized, gendered, and politicized concerns. This panel seeks new work on the intersectional nature of of sanctity—specifically, on the relationship between individual and corporate sanctity. It invites papers to reconsider Delooz’ influential formulation of constructed sanctity by interrogating the very nature of that construction in different contexts of sanctity and cultures of holiness. It asks: who or what constructs a saint, and how does that construction balance and encompass both individual and corporate concerns? How does individual subjectivity—of the saint and/or the community member—intersect with its collaborative construction? What is the relationship between collective memory and individual subjectivity? How do the texts and literature that codify sanctity reflect, generate, and even instantiate both the collaborative construction of the saint as well as an indidividual saint—and to what ends and/or purpose? And finally, how does the materiality and textuality of sanctity seek to construct individual holiness through corporate literacy?

Sara Ritchey

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May 12th, 1:30 PM

Beyond Delooz: Sanctity Individual and Corporate

Schneider 1275

Sanctity, as Pierre Delooz argued long ago, is a collaborative construct. Yet just as all saints are constructed by a community, to use his classic formulation, they also function as individual exemplars of a sanctity uniquely situated within a nexus of localized, gendered, and politicized concerns. This panel seeks new work on the intersectional nature of of sanctity—specifically, on the relationship between individual and corporate sanctity. It invites papers to reconsider Delooz’ influential formulation of constructed sanctity by interrogating the very nature of that construction in different contexts of sanctity and cultures of holiness. It asks: who or what constructs a saint, and how does that construction balance and encompass both individual and corporate concerns? How does individual subjectivity—of the saint and/or the community member—intersect with its collaborative construction? What is the relationship between collective memory and individual subjectivity? How do the texts and literature that codify sanctity reflect, generate, and even instantiate both the collaborative construction of the saint as well as an indidividual saint—and to what ends and/or purpose? And finally, how does the materiality and textuality of sanctity seek to construct individual holiness through corporate literacy?

Sara Ritchey