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Religion and Spatial Studies

Place and Identity in the Lives of Antony, Paul, and Mary of Egypt

Desert as Borderland

Authors: Mena, Peter

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  • Uses methodologies of literary criticism and history
  • Utilizes Gloria Anzaldúa's theories as a guide
  • Illustrates how space and identity can only be determined in conjunction with one another
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In this book, Peter Anthony Mena looks closely at descriptions of space in ancient Christian hagiographies and considers how the desert relates to constructions of subjectivity. By reading three pivotal ancient hagiographies—the Life of Antony, the Life of Paul the Hermit, and the Life of Mary of Egypt—in conjunction with Gloria Anzaldúa’s ideas about the US/Mexican borderlands/la frontera, Mena shows readers how descriptions of the desert in these texts are replete with spaces and inhabitants that render the desert a borderland or frontier space in Anzaldúan terms. As a borderland space, the desert functions as a device for the creation of an emerging identity in late antiquity—the desert ascetic. Simultaneously, the space of the desert is created through the image of the saint. Literary critical, religious studies, and historical methodologies converge in this work in order to illuminate a heuristic tool for interpreting the desert in late antiquity and its importance for the development of desert asceticism. Anzaldúa’s theories help guide a reading especially attuned to the important relationship between space and subjectivity.


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Peter Anthony Mena is Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Diego, USA

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $69.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-17328-9
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Hardcover $89.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-17327-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Place and Identity in the Lives of Antony, Paul, and Mary of Egypt
Book Subtitle
Desert as Borderland
Authors
Series Title
Religion and Spatial Studies
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-17328-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-17328-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-17327-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 123
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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