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Sainthood and Race
Marked Flesh, Holy Flesh

ISBN 9781138547056
Published February 12, 2018 by Routledge
242 Pages

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Book Description

In popular imagination, saints exhibit the best characteristics of humanity, universally recognizable but condensed and embodied in an individual. Recent scholarship has asked an array of questions concerning the historical and social contexts of sainthood, and opened new approaches to its study. What happens when the category of sainthood is interrogated and inflected by the problematic category of race?

Sainthood and Race: Marked Flesh, Holy Flesh explores this complicated relationship by examining two distinct characteristics of the saint’s body: the historicized, marked flesh and the universal, holy flesh. The essays in this volume comment on this tension between particularity and universality by combining both theoretical and ethnographic studies of saints and race across a wide range of subjects within the humanities. Additionally, the book’s group of emerging and established religion scholars enhances this discussion of sainthood and race by integrating topics such as gender, community, and colonialism across a variety of historical, geographical, and religious contexts. This volume raises provocative questions for scholars and students interested in the intersection of religion and race today.

Table of Contents

Introduction  Molly H. Bassett and Vincent W. Lloyd  1. An African Saint in Medieval Europe: The Black Saint Maurice and the Enigma of Racial Sanctity  Geraldine Heng  2. The Threefold Man: Lavater, Physiognomy, and the Rise of the Western Icon  Brian Bantum  3. The Recanonization of Saint Cyprian: A Deep History of Black Religion and Racialism  Jared Hickman  4. The Interspecies Logic of Race in Colonial Peru: San Martín de Porres’ Animal Brotherhood  Chris Garces  5. Cuba’s Virgin of Charity on the Color Continuum  Jalane Schmidt  6. Saffron Saint of the Most Spiritual Race: Sundar Singh and the Western Oriental Christ  Timothy Dobe  7. Racialized Crossings: Coptic Orthodoxy and Global Christianities  Angie Heo  8. The "Desolated Center": Baby Suggs, holy, in Toni Morrison’s Beloved  Pamela M. Hall  9. The Post-Racial Saint? From Barack Obama to Paul of Tarsus  Vincent W. Lloyd  10. The Pre-Racial Saint? Ma(r)king Aztec God-Bodies  Molly H. Bassett

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Molly H. Bassett is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Georgia State University, US

Vincent W. Lloyd is Assistant Professor of Religion at Syracuse University, US