Theorizing origins: an analysis of descriptions of hybridity in Marian devotional cultures

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dc.contributor Read-Wahidi, Mary Rebecca
dc.contributor Simmons, Merinda
dc.contributor Ramey, Steven Wesley
dc.contributor.advisor McCutcheon, Russell T. Lawson, Sierra Lynn 2019-08-01T14:23:45Z 2019-08-01T14:23:45Z 2019
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0003276
dc.identifier.other Lawson_alatus_0004M_13805
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Scholars have long been interested in groups whose members describe themselves as devotees of Mary. Yet, in relaying the descriptions of such devotional communities, scholars too often merely repeat the history put forward by the devotees themselves. Scholars’ repetition of the tale of devotional origins provided by their informants—examined here in three separate case studies, each deriving from different periods and geographic regions—problematically reifies our understanding of the past and a group’s development, portraying it as an authentic account of that history. Instead, using recent scholarship on Marian devotional groups as the example, this thesis maintains that scholars should remain critical of the origins accounts provided by the groups they study and remain wary of recreating those narratives in their own descriptions of the groups.
dc.format.extent 38 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Religion
dc.subject.other Rhetoric
dc.subject.other Cultural anthropology
dc.title Theorizing origins: an analysis of descriptions of hybridity in Marian devotional cultures
dc.type thesis
dc.type text University of Alabama. Department of Religious Studies Religious Studies The University of Alabama master's M.A.

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