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Burrus, Virginia

Works: 38 works in 177 publications in 5 languages and 7,155 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor
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Most widely held works by Virginia Burrus
Toward a theology of eros : transfiguring passion at the limits of discipline by Virginia Burrus( )

14 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 1,663 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What does theology have to say about the place of eroticism in the salvific transformation of men and women, even of the cosmos itself? How, in turn, does eros infuse theological practice and transfigure doctrinal tropes? This book explores a largely uncharted territory in the realm of theological erotics
The sex lives of saints : an erotics of ancient hagiography by Virginia Burrus( )

27 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,090 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Has a repressive morality been the primary contribution of Christianity to the history of sexuality? The ascetic concerns that pervade ancient Christian texts would seem to support such a common assumption. Focusing on hagiographical literature, Virginia Burrus pursues a fresh path of interpretation, arguing that the early accounts of the lives of saints are not anti-erotic but rather convey a sublimely transgressive "counter-eroticism" that resists the marital, procreative ethic of sexuality found in other strands of Christian tradition." "Without reducing the erotics of ancient hagiography to a single formula, The Sex Lives of Saints frames the broad historical, theological, and theoretical issues at stake in such a revisionist interpretation of ascetic eroticism, with particular reference to the work of Michel Foucault and Georges Bataille, David Halperin and Geoffrey Harpham, Leo Bersani and Jean Baudrillard. Burrus subsequently proceeds through close, performative readings of the earliest Lives of Saints, mostly dating to the late fourth and early fifth centuries - Jerome's Lives of Paul, Malchus, Hilarion, and Paula; Gregory of Nyssa's Life of Macrina; Augustine's portrait of Monica; Sulpicius Severus's Life of Martin; and the slightly later Lives of so-called harlot saints. Queer, s/m, and postcolonial theories are among the contemporary discourses that prove intriguingly resonant with an ancient art of "saintly" loving that remains, in Burrus's reading, promisingly mobile, diverse, and open-ended." "The Sex Lives of Saints not only offers new readings of both sex and sanctity but also provides innovative insights for ongoing feminist discussions of gender, moving beyond questions about women's social roles to consideration of the gendered subjectivities constructed and deconstructed within the erotic economies of ancient hagiographical literature."--BOOK JACKET
The making of a heretic : gender, authority, and the Priscillianist controversy by Virginia Burrus( )

19 editions published between 1995 and 2018 in English and held by 941 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Saving shame : martyrs, saints, and other abject subjects by Virginia Burrus( )

17 editions published between 2007 and 2018 in English and held by 928 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Virginia Burrus explores one of the strongest and most disturbing aspects of the Christian tradition, its excessive preoccupation with shame. While Christianity has frequently been implicated in the conversion of ancient Mediterranean cultures from shame- to guilt-based, and thus in the emergence of the modern West's emphasis on guilt, Burrus seeks to recuperate the importance of shame for Christian culture. Focusing on late antiquity, she explores a range of fascinating phenomena, from the flamboyant performances of martyrs to the imagined abjection of Christ, from the self-humiliating disciplines of ascetics to the intimate disclosures of Augustine." "Burrus argues that Christianity innovated less by replacing shame with guilt than by embracing shame. Indeed, the ancient Christians sacrificed honor but laid claim to their own shame with great energy, at once intensifying and transforming it. Public spectacles of martyrdom became the most visible means through which vulnerability to shame was converted into a defiant witness of identity; this was also where the sacrificial death of the self exemplified by Christ's crucifixion was most explicitly appropriated by his followers. Shame showed a more private face as well, as Burrus demonstrates. The ambivalent lure of fleshly corruptibility was explored in the rheological imaginary of incarnational Christology. It was further embodied in the transgressive disciplines of saints who plumbed the depths of humiliation. Eventually, with the advent of literary and monastic confessional practices, the shame of sin's inexhaustibility made itself heard in the revelations of testimonial discourse." "In conversation with an eclectic constellation of theorists, Burrus interweaves her historical argument with theological, psychological, and ethical reflections. She proposes, finally, that early Christian texts may have much to teach us about the secrets of shame that lie at the heart of our capacity for humility, courage, and transformative love."--Jacket
Late ancient Christianity by Virginia Burrus( Book )

14 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and held by 774 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How has Christianity through the ages actually been lived and experienced by ordinary Christians? To address this question, this volume shifts the focus from various Christian elites, whether clerical or theological or political, to "average" people. Centered on the Roman imperial period, twelve historians search for clues to the everyday realities of Christians' lives in the era when Christianity grew from marginal sect to dominant religion. Popular fiction, childrearing and toys, rituals of inclusion, veneration of saints and shunning of heretics, the ascetic impulse, feast days and festivals--all these and more lend color and texture to the story of a "people's" Christianity in this formative stage
Seducing Augustine : bodies, desires, confessions by Virginia Burrus( )

10 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 583 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pleasurable temptations -- Secrets and lies -- The Word, his body -- Freedom in submission -- No time for sex -- Seductive praises
Begotten, not made : conceiving manhood in late antiquity by Virginia Burrus( Book )

11 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 384 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author argues that Nicene trinitarian doctrine is a crucial site for reimagining and reproducing manhood in the late Roman period. She analyses works by the fourth-century bishops Athanasius of Alexandria, Gregory of Nyssa and Ambrose of Milan and considers their opinions from a (feminist) theological and theoretical perspective
Chastity as autonomy : women in the stories of the apocryphal Acts by Virginia Burrus( Book )

13 editions published between 1984 and 1987 in English and held by 369 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The life of Saint Helia : critical edition, translation, introduction, and commentary by Virginia Burrus( Book )

10 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and Latin and held by 179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The late medieval Latin "Vita Heliae" is a hagiography of the young woman Helia, set in what is now Albania. It largely concerns the Christian value of virginity, and depicts the saint debating with her mother, a bishop, and a government official
Ancient Christian ecopoetics : cosmologies, saints, things by Virginia Burrus( Book )

7 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and held by 116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In our age of ecological crisis, what insights-if any-can we expect to find by looking to our past? Perhaps, suggests Virginia Burrus, early Christianity might yield usable insights. Turning aside from the familiar specter of Christianity's human-centered theology of dominion, Burrus directs our attention to aspects of ancient Christian thought and practice that remain strange and alien. Drawn to excess and transgression, in search of transformation, early Christians creatively reimagined the universe and the human, cultivating relationships with a wide range of other beings-animal, vegetable, and mineral; angelic and demonic; divine and earthly; large and small. In Ancient Christian Ecopoetics, Burrus facilitates a provocative encounter between early Christian theology and contemporary ecological thought. In the first section, she explores how the mysterious figure of khora, drawn from Plato's Timaeus, haunts Christian and Jewish accounts of a creation envisioned as varyingly monstrous, unstable, and unknowable. In the second section, she explores how hagiographical literature queers notions of nature and places the very category of the human into question, in part by foregrounding the saint's animality, in part by writing the saint into the landscape. The third section considers material objects, as small as portable relics and icons, as large as church and monastery complexes. Ancient Christians considered all of these animate beings, simultaneously powerful and vulnerable, protective and in need of protection, lovable and loving. Viewed through the shifting lenses of an ancient ecopoetics, Burrus demonstrates how humans both loomed large and shrank to invisibility, absorbed in the rapture of a strange and animate ecology
The Apocryphal Acts of Apostles( Book )

1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A people's history of Christianity( Book )

5 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Each stage of Christian church history is reinterpreted according to the laity, the common faithful, and everyday practices of faith at each stage. Normal histories focus on church doctrine or famous clergy of the period, while these works analyze each historical period in light of the common member's various interpretations of faith
A people's history of Christianity( Book )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The making of a heresy : authority, gender and the priscillianist controversy by Virginia Burrus( )

3 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La vita erotica dei santi by Virginia Burrus( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in Italian and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A people's history of christianity. Reformation christianity( Book )

in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A people's history of christianity. Medieval christianity( Book )

in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A people's history of christianity. Christian origins( Book )

in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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A people's history of Christianity
The sex lives of saints : an erotics of ancient hagiographyThe making of a heretic : gender, authority, and the Priscillianist controversySaving shame : martyrs, saints, and other abject subjectsLate ancient ChristianitySeducing Augustine : bodies, desires, confessionsBegotten, not made : conceiving manhood in late antiquityA people's history of ChristianityA people's history of Christianity
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