Session Title

The Golden Legend and the Standardization of Sanctity

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Hagiography Society

Organizer Name

Courtney Rydel

Organizer Affiliation

Washington College

Presider Name

Courtney Rydel

Paper Title 1

Holy Resistance: Strategies of Dissent in Medieval Hagiography Saint Mary the Egyptian: The Transformative Power of Subversion

Presenter 1 Name

Darrell Estes

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Ohio State Univ.

Paper Title 2

The Legenda aurea and the Devotio Moderna: Imitation and Appropriation

Presenter 2 Name

Mathilde van Dijk

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Rijksuniv. Groningen

Paper Title 3

Holy Magi and Their Star, Textual and Visual Approaches

Presenter 3 Name

Ivan Gerát

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Slovak Academy of Sciences and the Univ. of Trnava

Paper Title 4

Jacobus de Voragine's Saint Euphrosine, de Novo: A Case Study of Saint Catherine of Siena's Youthful Self-Fashioning

Presenter 4 Name

Lisa Vitale

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Southern Connecticut State Univ.

Start Date

May 2018

Session Location

Schneider 1275

Description

The Golden Legend and the Standardization of Sanctity

On the occasion of the 720th obit anniversary of Jacobus de Varagine (d. 1298), this panel will engage multiple threads of inquiry surrounding his production of The Golden Legend. In particular, we wish to examine how the compilation affected hagiographic practice and saintly representation. For an interdisciplinary panel that will involve discussion of manuscripts, texts, liturgy, and artistic programs, we ask: how did The Golden Legend shape models of individual saints and of late medieval sanctity more generally? Can we detect moments of resistance to hagiographic standardization? How does the political, religious, and cultural context of Jacobus’s world in thirteenth-century Liguria shape our understanding of his compilational logic?

Sara Ritchey

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The Golden Legend and the Standardization of Sanctity

Schneider 1275

The Golden Legend and the Standardization of Sanctity

On the occasion of the 720th obit anniversary of Jacobus de Varagine (d. 1298), this panel will engage multiple threads of inquiry surrounding his production of The Golden Legend. In particular, we wish to examine how the compilation affected hagiographic practice and saintly representation. For an interdisciplinary panel that will involve discussion of manuscripts, texts, liturgy, and artistic programs, we ask: how did The Golden Legend shape models of individual saints and of late medieval sanctity more generally? Can we detect moments of resistance to hagiographic standardization? How does the political, religious, and cultural context of Jacobus’s world in thirteenth-century Liguria shape our understanding of his compilational logic?

Sara Ritchey