The Weight of Love: Affect, Ecstasy, and Union in the Theology of Bonaventure by Robert Glenn DavisThe Weight of Love: Affect, Ecstasy, and Union in the Theology of Bonaventure by Robert Glenn Davis

The Weight of Love: Affect, Ecstasy, and Union in the Theology of Bonaventure

byRobert Glenn Davis

Paperback | December 1, 2016

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Supplementing theological interpretation with historical, literary, and philosophical perspectives, The Weight of Love analyzes the nature and role of affectivity in medieval Christian devotion through an original interpretation of the writings of the Franciscan theologian Bonaventure. It intervenes in two crucial developments in medieval Christian thought and practice: the renewal of interest in the corpus of Dionysius the Areopagite in thirteenth-century Paris and the proliferation of new forms of affective meditation focused on the passion of Christ in the later Middle Ages. Through the exemplary life and death of Francis of Assisi, Robert Glenn Davis examines how Bonaventure traces a mystical itinerary culminating in the meditant's full participation in Christ's crucifixion. For Bonaventure, Davis asserts, this death represents the becoming-body of the soul, the consummation and transformation of desire into the crucified body of Christ.In conversation with the contemporary historiography of emotions and critical theories of affect, The Weight of Love contributes to scholarship on medieval devotional literature by urging and offering a more sustained engagement with the theological and philosophical elaborations of affectus. It also contributes to debates around the "affective turn" in the humanities by placing it within this important historical context, challenging modern categories of affect and emotion.
Robert Glenn Davis is Assistant Professor of Theology at Fordham University.
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Title:The Weight of Love: Affect, Ecstasy, and Union in the Theology of BonaventureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.03 inPublished:December 1, 2016Publisher:Fordham University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0823274535

ISBN - 13:9780823274536

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"The Weight of Love is an extremely erudite and well-researched book that illustrates the complexity of what scholars call 'affective' devotion in the high Middle Ages by means of detailed analyses of works of one of its most celebrated writers, the thirteenth-century Franciscan theologian Giovanni di Fidanza, otherwise known as St. Bonaventure. This innovative book responds to contemporary scholarship on mysticism, affective devotion, and medieval theology and natural philosophy."