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While the modern world has largely dismissed the figure of the saint as a throwback, we remain fascinated by excess, marginality, transgression, and porous subjectivity—categories that define the saint. In this collection, Françoise Meltzer and Jaś Elsner bring together top scholars from across the humanities to reconsider our denial of saintliness and examine how modernity returns to the lure of saintly grace, energy, and charisma.
Introduction by Françoise Meltzer and Jaś Elsner
From Cuba with Saints by Marc Blanchard
St. Elvis by Lawrence Jasud
Reviving the Fairy Tree: Tales of European Sanctity by Françoise Meltzer
Transgressing the Self: Making Charismatic Saints by Simon Coleman
On Naming Saints by David Tracy
Patron Saint of the Incongruous: Rabbi Me'ir, the Talmud, and Menippean Satire by Daniel Boyarin
Thinking with Saints: Sanctity and Society in the Early Modern World by Simon Ditchfield
St. Dymphna and the Lunatics: The Advent of Moral Community Psychiatry by Bernard Rubin
On the Politics of Sainthood: Resistance and Mimicry in Postcolonial Morocco by Malika Zeghal
The Enchantment of Judaism: Israeli Anxieties and Puzzles by Aviad Kleinberg
Persuading the Absent Saint: Image and Performance in Marian Devotion by Robert Maniura
Miracles of Bodily Transformation, or How St. Francis Received the Stigmata by Arnold I. Davidson
Re-Presenting a Contemporary Saint: Padre Pio of Pietrelcina by Michael A. Di Giovine
Saint Teresa of Avila by Julia Kristeva , translated by Anne Marsella
‘Lycidas’: A Wolf in Saint’s Clothing by Neil Forsyth
The Invisibility of the Saint by Jean-Luc Marion
Beyond Compare: Pagan Saint and Christian God in Late Antiquity by Jaś Elsner
Apophthegmata by Aviad Kleinberg
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Jaś Elsner and Françoise Meltzer
Saints: Faith without Borders, edited by Françoise Meltzer and Jaś Elsner.