- Title Pages
- 1 Excerpt from “St Besse: A Study of an Alpine Cult”
- 2 Excerpt from “Tarantism and Catholicism”
- 3 Excerpt from “The Place of Grace in Anthropology”
- 4 Excerpt from “The Dinka and Catholicism”
- 5 Excerpt from “Iconophily and Iconoclasm in Marian Pilgrimage”
- 6 Excerpt from <i>Person and God in a Spanish Valley</i>
- 7 Excerpt from “The Priest as Agent of Secularization in Rural Spain”
- 8 Excerpt from “Women Mystics and Eucharistic Devotion in the Thirteenth Century”
- 9 “Complexio Oppositorum”?
- 10 Marking Memory
- 11 Containment and Contagion
- 12 Opulence and Simplicity
- 13 The Paradox of Charismatic Catholicism
- 14 The Virgin of Guadalupe and Spectacles of Catholic Evangelism in Mexico
- 15 The Rosary as a Meditation on Death at a Marian Apparition Shrine
- 16 A Catholic Body?
- 17 Experiments of Inculturation in a Catholic Charismatic Movement in Cameroon
- 18 On a Political Economy of Political Theology
- 19 Making a Home in an Unfortunate Place
- 20 “We’re All Catholics Now”
- 21 What Is Catholic about the Clergy Sex Abuse Crisis?
- 22 Possession and Psychopathology, Faith and Reason
- 23 Catholicism and the Study of Religion
- 24 The Media of Sensation
The Media of Sensation
The Media of Sensation
- (p.316) 24 The Media of Sensation
- Anthropology of Catholicism
- University of California Press
This chapter discusses the significance of medieval practices of prayer both for the modern rediscovery of media and for the anthropology of sensation. It demonstrates how medieval theories of reading, prayer, and contemplation thematize ways in which specific media—words, images, and music—are to be used in order to produce sensual and affective cognition. In doing so, these theories develop a sophisticated understanding of media on one side, and a specific understanding of the human soul as a sphere of evocation of possible sensation and affect on the other side. In working through this complex intersection of media and soul-formation I focus on this very notion of possibility, its significance in the context of an ‘anthropology of Catholicism’, and its presence in catholic discourses from the Middle Ages up to the twentieth century. Through discussion of the source texts an understanding of the seemingly established anthropological distinction between “inner man” and “outer man,” “interiority” and “exteriority” is challenged and what remains is a radically different way of thinking about interiority.
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