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Liturgical Subjects examines the history of the self in the Byzantine Empire, challenging narratives of Christian subjectivity that focus only on classical antiquity and the Western Middle Ages. As Derek Krueger demonstrates, Orthodox Christian interior life was profoundly shaped by patterns of worship introduced and disseminated by Byzantine clergy. Hymns, prayers, and sermons transmitted complex emotional responses to biblical stories, particularly during Lent. Religious services and religious art taught congregants who they were in relation to God and each other.

Focusing on Christian practice in Constantinople from the sixth to eleventh centuries, Krueger charts the impact of the liturgical calendar, the eucharistic rite, hymns for vigils and festivals, and scenes from the life of Christ on the making of Christian selves. He explores the verse of great Byzantine liturgical poets, including Romanos the Melodist, Andrew of Crete, Theodore the Stoudite, and Symeon the New Theologian. Their compositions offered templates for Christian self-regard and self-criticism, defining the Christian "I." Cantors, choirs, and congregations sang in the first person singular expressing guilt and repentence, while prayers and sermons defined the collective identity of the Christian community as sinners in need of salvation. By examining the way models of selfhood were formed, performed, and transmitted in the Byzantine Empire, Liturgical Subjects adds a vital dimension to the history of the self in Western culture.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright, Dedication, Quote
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  1. Contents
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  1. Abbreviations and a Note on Texts
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Chapter 1. Shaping Liturgical Selves
  2. pp. 1-28
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  1. Chapter 2. Romanos the Melodist and the Christian Self
  2. pp. 29-65
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  1. Chapter 3. Calendar and Community in the Sixth Century
  2. pp. 66-105
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  1. Chapter 4. Eucharistic Prayers: Compunction and the History of Salvation
  2. pp. 106-129
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  1. Chapter 5. The Penitential Bible and the Great Kanon of Andrew of Crete
  2. pp. 130-163
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  1. Chapter 6. The Voice of the Sinner in First-Person Hymns of the Lenten Triodion
  2. pp. 164-196
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  1. Chapter 7. Liturgies of the Monastic Self in Symeon the New Theologian
  2. pp. 197-214
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  1. Conclusion. A Communion of Savable Sinners
  2. pp. 215-222
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 223-262
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 263-296
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  1. Index of Biblical Citations
  2. pp. 297-300
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  1. General Index
  2. pp. 301-308
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 309-311
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780812290158
Related ISBN
9780812246445
MARC Record
OCLC
891397388
Pages
320
Launched on MUSE
2014-10-07
Language
English
Open Access
No
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