Prêcher les émotions incarnées: Évêques, mendiants et leurs publics dans l’Antiquité tardive.

Translated title of the contribution: Preaching embodied emotions:: Bishops, beggars and their audience in Late Antiquity.

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Abstract

This is a study of a corpus of sermons by fourth-century bishops centred on beggars suffering from leprosy. The period in question was a time when such individuals were not yet institutionalized and as such were highly visible. The article explores the strategies employed by the authors in describing the leper beggars and focusing on their disfigured bodies in an effort to move their congregation to compassion and charity by constructing a fictive relatedness between the beggars and their audience as well as by stressing the identification of the beggars with Christ and thus their entitlement within a Christian society. Emotions, especially those expressed by the body, are central in these texts.
Translated title of the contributionPreaching embodied emotions:: Bishops, beggars and their audience in Late Antiquity.
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)25-37
Number of pages13
JournalMediévales
Volume61
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Keywords

  • Beggars, Leprosy, Homilies, Gregory of Nazianz, Gregory of Nyssa, John Chrysostomus

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