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Swallowing the Androgyne and Baptizing Mother: Some Modernist Twists to Two Basic Sacraments

Swallowing the Androgyne and Baptizing Mother: Some Modernist Twists to Two Basic Sacraments g eral D g ille SPie Swallowing the Androgyne and Baptizing Mother Some Modernist Twists to Two Basic Sacraments t he e ucharS it an D c ommunion A detailed schematization of aspects of the feminine gathered from myth ana- lysts like C. G. Jung and Joseph Campbell was among the helpful frameworks that Michael Palencia-Roth oe ff red in his path-breaking comparative study of Joyce, Mann, and García-Márquez (17). 98 My purpose here is to illustrate how the interest of modernist writers in “feminine” characteristics and paradigms sometimes was channeled in revisions of mainstream ways for treating two fundamental sacra- ments, the Eucharist and baptism. Of course, there is nothing strange in the fact that writers of more recent times, liberated ae ft r many centuries of anthropological speculation about myth and religion, would play with the tradition of the sacra- ments as part of their culture’s poetic vocabulary. Switching or unifying “mascu- line” and “feminine” expressions of God was already attractive to some artists and writers of the high Middle Ages, as the researches of Caroline Bynum have estab- lished. A peaking of medieval fascination for the “body” of the Savior was mani- fested in the institution http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Comparatist University of North Carolina Press

Swallowing the Androgyne and Baptizing Mother: Some Modernist Twists to Two Basic Sacraments

The Comparatist , Volume 33 – Jun 12, 2009

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g eral D g ille SPie Swallowing the Androgyne and Baptizing Mother Some Modernist Twists to Two Basic Sacraments t he e ucharS it an D c ommunion A detailed schematization of aspects of the feminine gathered from myth ana- lysts like C. G. Jung and Joseph Campbell was among the helpful frameworks that Michael Palencia-Roth oe ff red in his path-breaking comparative study of Joyce, Mann, and García-Márquez (17). 98 My purpose here is to illustrate how the interest of modernist writers in “feminine” characteristics and paradigms sometimes was channeled in revisions of mainstream ways for treating two fundamental sacra- ments, the Eucharist and baptism. Of course, there is nothing strange in the fact that writers of more recent times, liberated ae ft r many centuries of anthropological speculation about myth and religion, would play with the tradition of the sacra- ments as part of their culture’s poetic vocabulary. Switching or unifying “mascu- line” and “feminine” expressions of God was already attractive to some artists and writers of the high Middle Ages, as the researches of Caroline Bynum have estab- lished. A peaking of medieval fascination for the “body” of the Savior was mani- fested in the institution

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The ComparatistUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Jun 12, 2009

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