St Albans Psalter Calendar, July, which includes Christina of Markyate's obit. Hildesheim, Dombibliothek, MS St Godehard 1, p.9
The NYU Medieval and Renaissance Center invites you to the second event in our Fall 2022 Distinguished Lecture Series.
Arvind Thomas (UCLA) will give a talk on:
“How to Make a Saint: the Narrative and the Normative in Medieval Hagiography.”
To RSVP for in-person attendance, please click here.
Location: 19 University Place, 1st Floor Great Room
This talk will investigate the narrative means by which The Life of Christina of Markyate and The Book of Margery Kempe construct Christina and Margery as candidates fit for sanctification. I will explore the extent to which literary devices enact and confirm the behavioral norms by which the sanctity of visionary women is rendered credible. Attention will be paid to the deployment of medieval rhetorical genres (such as historia), orders of narration (such as ordo naturalis), acts of narration (such as recounting historical events before an audience), and the organization of a hagiographical text (such as its division into book-chapters). Attention will also be paid to various normative concerns (such as canonical obedience, episcopal jurisdiction, vows and confessions) which rely upon narrative for their realization. I thus argue that the formal features of a hagiographical narrative are integral, not incidental, to the process of saint-making, and that historians and literary scholars can learn much about medieval sanctity by examining the intersection of the narrative and the normative within the hagiographical text.
This semester, based on NYU's guidelines, in-person events will be open to members of the general public.
Attendance instructions for NYU faculty, students and staff: Please show your NYU Violet Go Pass at the door.
Attendance instructions for members of the general public:
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◦ Documentation is in English
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