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Fall 2017
Jan 19, 2018
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CATH 157 - Healing & the Catholic Imagina
The evolution of Catholic attitudes and values related to healing as both a spiritual and a physical process will be assessed through the historical, narrative, and visual connectives linking the Classical, Early Christian/Byzantine, Medieval, Early Modern, and Modern worlds. Further, reflecting on the place of image and story in the study of the Catholic Imagination, attention will be paid to the visual and to narrative as both formative and reflective of Classical, Early Christian/Byzantine, Medieval, Early Modern, and Modern perceptions of healing. Divided into discrete historical modules, courses lectures and discussions will allow for individual analysis of the distinct cultural values of each historical epoch, its attitude(s) toward healing, and the place of the visual and the narrative in the Catholic Imagination. Among the topics to be considered will the Classical Greek attitudes to healing such as the myths and images of Hermanubis, Hermes, and Asklepios, and the teachings of Galen and Hippocrates as well as the Early Christian/Byzantine traditions of the Mandylion of Edessa and the Holy Anargyroi; the Medieval narratives of the Black Madonna, and the healing saints from The Golden Legend; the Early Modern cult of the saints and the establishment of Catholic hospitals; and the Modern perceptions of healing and the Catholic Imagination, especially as portrayed in film and television.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Catholic Studies Department

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