A Generative Entanglement: Word and Image in Roman Catholic Devotional Practice
Devotional piety broadly depends on events that are not accessible for direct observation and commonly offer little, if anything, in the way of historical documentation. Sometimes the experiences to which devotion is directed in the veneration of saints is based on visionary experience for which reports are contradictory. This essays explores ways in which word and image are brought together to anchor evanescent or ephemeral, or entirely uncertain, origins and provide devotion with stable objects. I develop the view that word and image are generatively entangled, meaning that their ambiguous connections with one another are able to produce a medium in which devotion finds a footing.
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.13154/er.11.2020.8443
Publication InfoMorgan, D (2020). A Generative Entanglement: Word and Image in Roman Catholic Devotional Practice. Entangled Religions, 11(3). pp. 1-21. 10.13154/er.11.2020.8443. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/20266.
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Professor of Religious Studies
David Morgan is Professor of Religious Studies with a secondary appointment in the Department of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies at Duke. He chaired the Department of Religious Studies from 2013 to 2019. Morgan received the Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in 1990. He has published several books and dozens of essays on the history of religious visual culture, fine art, and art theory. Images at Work: The Material Culture of Enchantment, was published in 2018 by Oxford University