Afterlives of the Saints

Afterlives of the Saints Afterlives of the Saints is a woven gathering of groundbreaking essays that move through Renaissance anatomy and the Sistine Chapel Borges Library of Babel the history of spontaneous human combustio

  • Title: Afterlives of the Saints
  • Author: Colin Dickey
  • ISBN: 9781609530723
  • Page: 447
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Afterlives of the Saints is a woven gathering of groundbreaking essays that move through Renaissance anatomy and the Sistine Chapel, Borges Library of Babel, the history of spontaneous human combustion, the dangers of masturbation, the pleasures of castration, and so forth each essay focusing on the story of a particular and particularly strange saint.

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    About “Colin Dickey

    • Colin Dickey

      Colin Dickey grew up in San Jose, California, a few miles from the Winchester Mystery House, the most haunted house in America As a writer, speaker, and academic, he has made a career out of collecting unusual objects and hidden histories all over the country He s a regular contributor to the LA Review of Books and Lapham s Quarterly, and is the co editor with Joanna Ebenstein of The Morbid Anatomy Anthology He is also a member of the Order of the Good Death, a collective of artists, writers, and death industry professionals interested in improving the Western world s relationship with mortality With a PhD in comparative literature from the University of Southern California, he is an associate professor of creative writing at National University.



    183 thoughts on “Afterlives of the Saints

    • Engaging and thought provoking. Dickey here doesn't dwell in detail on the gruesome aspects of the lives of the saints he chronicles. He uses their lives of passionate extremism as an entry point to examine what their dedication, pursued in various ways, reveals about their humanity, and about ours. He draws together poetry, literature, history, art, myth, psychology to offer a generous, wide-ranging consideration of what the lives of the saints – individuals, as he says, “at the edge of hum [...]


    • What a satisfying book about the secular meaning of the extreme Catholic saints! I learned something entirely new in each chapter: Flaubert’s obsession with St. Anthony, the poetry of Radegund (“a lament so pure that is has a physical presence, a body and a smell of its own”), Teresa of Avila’s proximity to Quixote (“the ecstasy of writing, the relationship of reader and writer”), the pseudo-porno depictions of Agatha’s torture, the relationship between St. George—an interfaith s [...]


    • Have you heard of hagiography? It's a genre referring to the writing of the lives of the saints. Honestly, I didn't know about this genre until I read Afterlives of the Saints by Colin Dickey. To Colin Dickey, "saints exist not as a medium for God but as a lens for humanity". Hence, the book Afterlives of the Saints looks at a few saints that have impacted Colin Dickey for a few reasons: through their writings (Part One), because of the art and literature they inspired (Parts Two and Three), or [...]


    • I was originally introduced to this book at a rep picks lunch at Winter Institute. The rep made it sound really interesting, so I picked up an ARC, but upon returning home, moved it to the end of my TBR shelf. It was every bit as fascinating as the rep made it out to be. You do not have to be Catholic, or even religious, to enjoy this book. It is not meant to convert you or appeal to your already vast religious knowledge. It's a series of stories about various saints (and some almost saints) fro [...]


    • This is so awesome and weird. It's about the strange and violent and sad lives of some of the saints, but also about Flaubert masturbating, and ecorches, and memento mori, and the meaning of texts in general. Really, really liked.


    • Dickey , Colin (2012). Afterlives of the Saints. Cave Creek AZ: Unbridled Books. 2012. ISBN 9781609530723. Pagine 288. 5,04 €Afterlives of the SaintsamazonLo posso anche immaginare che stiamo parlando di una piccola casa editrice, Unbridled Books (letteralmente: “libri senza redini”, come documenta anche il logo) con sede nel mezzo del nulla (Cave Creek è una cittadina di 5.000 abitanti a nord di Phoenix in Arizona).Unbridled BooksNon penso però che questa circostanza possa esimere loro [...]


    • theprettygoodgatsby.wordpress.Hagiography - the writing of the lives of the saints - is a curious genre, now mostly forgotten.Prior to reading this book, I had no idea hagiography was its own genre. I've always been fascinated with the saints and the stories behind their sainthood. The second I saw this book I knew I needed to read it.Afterlives of the Saints turned out to be much different than I had expected! Over the course of my reading I bounced back and forced before ultimately deciding th [...]


    • After flying through Beekeeping for Beginners I needed another book for the rest of my trip. Good ol' Kindle had this little gem on it from - oh - 5 years ago. I guess my reading tastes are different when far afield because I've managed to not even glance at this title for 5 years but on the road it seemed like just the thing. I started it on an overnight bus ride and plowed through quite a bit before returning home. And when I did my reading pace slowed to a crawl. But I have to give this book [...]


    • It was interesting to look at these saints from a different perspective than I'm used to. I've heard the stories of many of these saints throughout my life as a Catholic, but I never realized how truly bonkers they sounds. It's like Grimm's tales for absolutely religious (that's the best way I could say fanatic without the negative connotation).Reading this I felt strong connections with much if Flannery O'Connor's work, particularly "A Temple of the Holy Ghost" and "Wise Blood." Both allude to [...]


    • This book is fun. The author organizes a series of essays about how saints have figured into the culture and transformed it, regardless of whether or not the saints' reputed miracles occurred. It is the stories of the saints that matter here, putting a spotlight on human nature and its attraction to violence and dreams of redemption. I knew nothing much about saint culture; I only vaguely recognize the impact of saints on art, language, and pulling older myths into religious frameworks. It's sho [...]


    • A very thoughtful miscellany of saints. The author does not exactly mock them, nor is he overly pious; he just wants to talk about some of the more interesting saints and their legends, and how their stories express -- and amplify, exaggerate, even distort -- different aspects of the human experience, including some rather dark aspects of the cult of saints.He clearly has done a lot of research for this, but does sound pedantic or pompous about it. Well worth reading, whether or not you have any [...]


    • Very intellectual, gives you information of past events making them part of today. A quote related to the British flag. "When the fiercely anti-Catholic Edmund Spenser wrote his epic in honor of Queen Elizabeth, The Faerie Queene, he began with George - though he could not, of course, call him that. Instead, George is stripped of his Catholicism and rechristened, "the Redcrosse Knight" (after George's famous red cross on a white background, which became England's flag)


    • I really enjoyed this book, but it's VERY weird. I loved it myself, but have trouble thinking who I'd recommend it to. A few of the odd digressions are troublingly far off the mark -- Dickey's two-sentence summary of Catharine Mackinnon's scholarship is bizarrely inaccurate, for instance -- but for the most part the essays were well-written and hugely interesting, and I wound up wishing the book were twice as long. The piece on St. Radegund and Euripides' Hecuba was a particular favourite.


    • Some of these essays are brilliant and if taken separately, the book would deserve a 5-star rating. Other essays wander far afield and show the author's obvious political bias which is kind of sad. Other essays, particularly the one on Magdalen, a subject truly deserving of copious thought and shrewd insight from an essayists as good as Dickey, are so off the mark that it is hard to believe an editor was involved in the book's production.


    • Really enjoyed this book and learned a lot. It is not merely about Saints, it takes particular Saints and draws some incredible connections to life/events after their deaths, hence the title. Topics such as spontaneous human combustion, pornography, castration, reading, madness, among many others are included. Recommended!


    • Honestly,This wasn't what I was expecting. I really enjoyed when the author actually spent time on the lives of the saints, but I didn't like how there was so much extra meta-physical jargon. Couldn't even finish it.


    • I liked this very much, but now that the school year has begun, I thought that I'd had enough. Need to parcel out my time carefully.


    • Saints are a prominent feature in my daily life, living as I do in a Catholic country and educated as I was in Catholic schools. They were always fascinating to me, not necessarily because they were examples to be emulated or as a focus for religious devotion, but because of their stories, and their associations to various aspects of life. How does a saint become a patron of anything, anyway, and often of so many disparate things, too? Is a gruesome death a prerequisite to becoming a martyr? Is [...]


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