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    Frazer, Wittgenstein et Harry Potter: une approche de la manipulation rituelle des images

    Maniura, Robert (2020) Frazer, Wittgenstein et Harry Potter: une approche de la manipulation rituelle des images. In: Leutrat, E. and Balzamo, N. (eds.) L’image miraculeuse dans le christianisme occidental (Moyen Âge - Temps moderne). Renaissance. Presses universitaires François-Rabelais, pp. 229-239. ISBN 9782869067349.

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    Book synopsis: In Christianity, as in many other religions, there is a category of images credited with a special status and powers: the faithful venerate them, implore their help and attribute wonders to them. The rise of these reputedly miraculous images is one of the most significant phenomena in Western religious history. This change has had many repercussions: pilgrim phenomenon, private devotions, theological reflection, civic religion, development of places of worship. How and why is a cult to a very specific image born? What are the conditions for this cult to continue? Is there an aesthetic determinism that could explain the specific status credited to images? In the eyes of believers, what did these icons, paintings and statues represent that they came to venerate and implore? Mere representations of absent intercessors? Beings of a particular kind? Objects charged with a specific and lasting power? Bringing together anthropologists, historians, historians of art and literature, this book confronts all the questions raised by the existence of so-called miraculous images and thus offers the first overview of a phenomenon that has left its mark on European religious history since the end of the Middle Ages.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Additional Information: Translated by Christine Julliot de la Morandière and Philippe Barré.
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Robert Maniura
    Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2022 09:41
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:18

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