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The Golden Legend: The Many Afterlives of Jacobus de Varagine (d. 1298)

Posted By Alison K. Frazier, Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Golden Legend: The Many Afterlives of Jacobus de Varagine (d.1298)

The Hagiography Society is pleased to invite abstracts addressing the persistence of the thirteenth-century Legenda aurea into the age of print and global Catholicism. Compiled by Genoese Dominican Jacobus de Varagine, the Golden Legend’s medieval popularity is proven by hundreds of manuscripts and artistic programs. Much less explored is the renaissance success of the compilation, which continued to be printed right across the sixteenth century, even in the homages of imitators. What can we learn from the printing history of this work? What part did the Counterreformation play in its success? To what extent did the Golden Legend enter the global market? What local translations, adaptations, illustrations, reframings, additions, reworkings, and extractions kept these saints’ stories alive for new audiences, even as emerging intellectual currents undercut their theological and epistemological status?

Contact with your titled abstract of not more than 150 words. Abstracts due 5 June.

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