Holy cards & bubble gum.

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McCrory, Moy 2013. Holy cards & bubble gum. National Association of Writers in Education ( NAWE) Journal.
AuthorsMcCrory, Moy
Abstract

The hagiography represents the edited versions of a life, and presents us only with those things we are supposed to know. Those details glimpsed behind the official version of a life are often the most interesting. Just as Vasari listened to gossip to produce his Lives of the Artists, we have this urge to listen in, to discover the alternative lives behind the official versions. The Lives of the Saints offer endless possibilities to re-imagine and to reposition current needs behind those paragons of virtue. In this workshop I will flip over the Holy Cards to reveal a different set of circumstances beneath the saint’s day. Every day has its saint, every place has its patron, and every occupation has its guardian.. Some of the stories will be genuine, others invented, but it is not always easy to tell which are the real and which are the impossible saints.

The hagiography represents the edited versions of a life, and presents us only with those things we are supposed to know. Those details glimpsed behind the official version of a life are often the most interesting. Just as Vasari listened to gossip to produce his Lives of the Artists, we have this urge to listen in, to discover the alternative lives behind the official versions.
The Lives of the Saints offer endless possibilities to re-imagine and to reposition current needs behind those paragons of virtue. In this workshop I will flip over the Holy Cards to reveal a different set of circumstances beneath the saint’s day. Every day has its saint, every place has its patron, and every occupation has its guardian.. Some of the stories will be genuine, others invented, but it is not always easy to tell which are the real and which are the impossible saints.

KeywordsHagiography; Creative writing; Pedagogy; Saints
Year2013
JournalNational Association of Writers in Education ( NAWE) Journal
ISSN1361-8539
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/292433
hdl:10545/292433
Publication datesApr 2013
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Deposited20 May 2013, 16:57
ContributorsUniversity of Derby
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