Ascetic Culture: Essays In Honor Of Philip Rousseau by Blake Leyerle

Ascetic Culture: Essays In Honor Of Philip Rousseau

EditorBlake Leyerle, Robin Darling Young

Hardcover | October 30, 2013

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Ascetic Culture honors Philip Rousseau’s pathbreaking work on early Christian asceticism in a series of essays exploring how quickly the industrious and imaginative practitioners of asceticism, from the early fourth through the mid-fifth century, adapted the Greco-Roman social, literary, and religious culture in which they had been raised. Far from rejecting the life of the urban centers of the ancient world, they refined and elaborated that life in their libraries, households, and communities.
 
The volume begins with a discussion of Egyptian monastic reading programs and the circulation of texts, especially the hugely influential Life of Antony. A second group of essays engages the topic of disciplinary culture in ascetic spaces such as the monastery, the household, and the city. A third group focuses on the topic of imaginary landscapes and ascetic self-fashioning. Ascetic Culture concludes by surveying the scholarly study of asceticism over the last one hundred and fifty years, arguing that previous generations of scholars have regarded asceticism either as a product of the inner dynamism of early Christianity or as a distortion of its earliest aims. Together, the contributors recognize, reflect upon, and extend the themes explored in Rousseau’s work on early Christianity’s ascetic periphery—a region whose inhabitants reflect in various ways the aspirations of their religion, from the daily to the otherworldly.
 
"Ascetic Culture: Essays in Honor of Philip Rousseau is a significant resource for scholars and students interested in the study of Christianity in late antiquity. It offers a fascinating collection of investigations into early Christian ascetic rhetoric and practice as well as ample self-reflection on contemporary scholarly interpretation of primary source data. In so doing, the authors honor Philip Rousseau's major contributions to the field." —Stephen J. Davis, Yale University

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Blake Leyerle is associate professor of theology and classics at the University of Notre Dame.Robin Darling Young is associate professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame.Contributors: Virginia Burrus, Daniel F. Caner, Catherine M. Chin, Malcolm Choat, Elizabeth A. Clark, Patricia Cox Miller, Susanna Elm, Georgia Frank, James...

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Title:Ascetic Culture: Essays In Honor Of Philip RousseauFormat:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.2 inPublished:October 30, 2013Publisher:University Of Notre Dame PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0268033889

ISBN - 13:9780268033880

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“This is, therefore, an impressively cohesive edited volume, which acts as an excellent guide to the state of scholarship in the field of late antique asceticism. It features many of the best-known names working in what we might think of as the new patristics, most of them, notables, based or at least trained in the USA. This kind of reflection on the historiography of patristic scholarship seems timely. Moreover, as Clark concludes ‘we can thank Rousseau and others for treating us to a more just understanding of Christianity’s past’. This volume provides a truly fitting tribute to Philip Rousseau and its sensitive and nuanced studies will be warmly welcomed by those engaged in the study of the history of asceticism in Late Antiquity.” —The Journal of Roman Studies