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The Sex Lives of Saints: An Erotics of Ancient Hagiography By Virginia Burrus,

  • Title: The Sex Lives of Saints: An Erotics of Ancient Hagiography
  • Author: Virginia Burrus
  • ISBN: 9780812237450
  • Page: 151
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Has a repressive morality been the primary contribution of Christianity to the history of sexuality This work argues that early accounts of the lives of the saints are not anti erotic but rather conveys a transgressive countereroticism that resists the marital, procreative ethic of sexuality found in other strands of Christian tradition.
    The Sex Lives of Saints An Erotics of Ancient Hagiography Has a repressive morality been the primary contribution of Christianity to the history of sexuality This work argues that early accounts of the lives of the saints are not anti erotic but rather conve

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    1. Virginia Burrus takes the ascetic lives of the saints and rolls them over, undresses them, reveals in them the undeniable irresistible eroticism of saintly love that which reverses, defies gender, defies place and time, not by rejection, but by a subversive mimesis, where lack is not filled but eclipsed, suffering not eradicated but surpassed in joy Very good read probably would be beneficial to have a background in queer theory and theology but this book occupies a space between academia and po [...]

    2. An important book, especially methodologically I think the readings were stretched too much in some places and the thesis perhaps covered too much ground But overall, a provocative book and even where I would have read something differently, I was grateful for and stimulated by her conclusions It would do to have some knowledge of Foucault and continental philosophy on the part of the reader, also, a familiarity with the texts is needed since Burrus offers a necessarily focused reading.

    3. The incessant use of anachronistic ideas makes all the conclusions in this book suspect And, it is poorly written.

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