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Wounds of LoveThe Mystical Marriage of Saint Rose of Lima$
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Frank Graziano

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195136401

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195136403.001.0001

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Conditioned Perceptions

Conditioned Perceptions

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(p.33) 2 Conditioned Perceptions
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Wounds of Love
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Frank Graziano (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195136403.003.0003

Considers the ways in which sanctity is constructed in folklore, hagiography, iconography, and testimony taken during processes for canonization. Detailed analysis elucidates how an unrealized ideal constructed textually serves as the model for aspirants to sanctity, how this prototype becomes a palimpsest as over the centuries new textually constructed lives are embedded, how tautology contributes to perceptions of sanctity, and how true saints are distinguished from impostors. The case material includes saints Catherine of Siena, Mariana of Jesus, and Teresa of Avila, in addition to Rose of Lima.

Keywords:   construction, hagiography, iconography, imitation, medieval saints, prototype, Leonard Hansen, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Mariana of Jesus, St. Teresa of Avila

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