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Hagiography (Literary Definition)


Hagiography:
  • Refers to writing which records and glorifies the lives of saints & martyrs.
  • Can be thought of as a form of Christian propaganda.
  • It was an important literary genre in the early Christian church.
  • Was practiced widely in the Middle Ages.
Modern Use:
  • Sometimes the term is applied to modern biographies, where the subject has been treated too reverentially, i.e. like they are saints.
  • Bernard Shaw's play Saint Joan, from 1923, is one of few true modern hagiographic works.

Image: Theodore Stratelates hagiography by Johann Alexander Döderlein (Public Domain)
Tags: Bernard Shaw - Christian Church - Hagiography - Martyr - Middle Ages - Propaganda - Saint - Saint Joan
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