Finding Saint Francis in Literature and Art

Hardcover | July 15, 2009

EditorCynthia Ho, Beth A. Mulvaney, John K. Downey

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Finding Saint Francis in Literature and Art demonstrates that remembering Saint Francis of Assisi should take place on many levels. The authors in this collection of essays use the tools of various intellectual disciplines to examine what we now know about Saint Francis in his own era and how the story of Il Poverello has been appropriated in our own times. This critical re-discovery of the artistic and textual narratives of Francis of Assisi contributes to our cultural memory by reflecting on the continuities and changes in the way Francis is understood. 

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Finding Saint Francis in Literature and Art demonstrates that remembering Saint Francis of Assisi should take place on many levels. The authors in this collection of essays use the tools of various intellectual disciplines to examine what we now know about Saint Francis in his own era and how the story of Il Poverello has been appropri...

Cynthia Ho is Professor of Literature and Language and Director of the Humanities Program at the University of North Carolina, Asheville. Previously, she served as Chair of the Literature and Language Department and as the National Endowment for the Humanities Chair for the Humanities. She recently edited Crossing the Bridge: Comparat...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.31 × 5.72 × 0.7 inPublished:July 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:023060286X

ISBN - 13:9780230602861

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PART I: Francis in Medieval Text and Painting * Franciscan Spirituality and Narrative at Assisi: The Legend of St. Francis in Text and Painting - Beth Mulvaney * The Miraculous Moment: Expressing the Spiritual Experience in Thirteenth-Century Frescos at Assisi - Janet Snyder * Francis Preaching to the Sultan: Art in the Hagiography of a Saint - Mahmood Ibrahim * PART II: Franciscan Devotion * The Wolf in the Forest: St. Francis and the Italian Eremitical Tradition - Rodger Payne * What Has Paris to Do with Assisi? The Theological Creation of a Saint - John V. Apczynski * Franciscans in the World - Felix Heap and Jesus Gonzales * The Visual Piety of the Sacro Monte di Orta - Cynthia Ho * PART III: Francis Remembered in New Contexts * A Christian Modernist and the Awe of Nature as Presented in Olivier Messiaen's Opera, Saint François d'Assise - John McClain * Constructing Saint Francis for the Twenty-first Century - Janet McCann * Capturing the Gravity and Grace of St. Francis of Assisi on Stage: A Study of Divine Reciprocity - John Bowers * St. Francis in the Twenty-first Century - John Hart * Canticle of Memory: Political Theology and Francis of Assisi - John Downey

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“This collection is an intriguing combination of the scholarly and the personal, and given the uniqueness of its subject, Francis of Assisi, this approach seems not only appropriate but also needed.  It takes Francis into new areas, looks at him from some interesting perspectives, and given its range will have something new for any reader with an interest in Francis, from hard-core Franciscan scholars to those interested in Francis for more personal reasons.”—Ronald Herzman, Distinguished Teaching Professor of English, SUNY Geneseo