Writing as Sacrilege and Necessity

The Poetics of ‘Mučenice’ (2013) by Želimir Periš

Slobodanka Vladiv-Glover

literature and music, framed by Periš’ poetics of sacrilege. This story, as most of the others, has a poignancy, which affects the reader directly. It turns the reader into a participant of the suffering of the characters portrayed. The reader, with the superior scientific, economic and political knowledge

Pree, Helmuth


Harald Hendrix

informing the Dutch literati – the attack on Petrarch’s bones may be interpreted in a semi-religious frame of profane sacrilege. The development of this interpretative framework depends on two elements that from this period on characterize the handling of Dante’s and Petrarch’s bones down to the present. On

Edited by Elizabeth Burns Coleman and Kevin White

The creation of a secular education system was one of the great social experiments designed to break down religious intolerance within society. One element of this design was administrative, involving the creation of non-denominational schools, and another element involved a centralised curriculum. In this collection of essays, political philosophers, lawyers, sociologists, theologians and educators explore the role of state schools in promoting tolerance within 21st century multicultural, religiously pluralistic societies. How may different models of liberalism in the secular state have different outcomes in relation to religious tolerance in the education system? Does a state education system have a role in teaching values such as tolerance, and if so, how is this best achieved? How are epistemology and truth connected with tolerance? How does the ideal of a ‘value free’secular education mask the values that the secular state teaches? The essays are written from both theoretical and practical perspectives and engage with each other directly to address one of the significant issues of our day. This is the fourth volume arising from a series of conferences on the theme of ‘Negotiating the Sacred’. Previous volumes have included Blasphemy and Sacrilege in a Multicultural Society; Blasphemy and Sacrilege in the Arts; and Medicine, Religion and the Body.


sacrilege. ˘ boÊlomai dÒw , mØ d¤dou dÉ ˘ mØ y°lv . —an oracle apud Anticl. fr. 9 Greek animal sacri fi ce is a complex ritual, partly because it is a concatenation of other rituals such as prayer and libation, partly because it contains many steps. The oldest long descriptions of it, in Homer, include a

Ze'ev Levy

extolled, Judaism condemns as sacrilege. The story of the Aquedah —“the binding of Isaac”—undoubtedly por- trays one of the most moving and impressing stories of the Bible. It is therefore not surprising that it has given birth to innumerable interpretations—philosophical, theological, ethical and


Edited by Susanne Rupp and Tobias Döring

Communities have often shaped themselves around cultural spaces set apart and declared sacred. For this purpose, churches, priests or scholars no less than writers frequently participate in giving sacred figures a local habitation and, sometimes, voice or name. But whatever sites, rites, images or narratives have thus been constructed, they also raise some complex questions: how can the sacred be presented and yet guarded, claimed yet concealed, staged in public and at the same time kept exclusive?
Such questions are pursued here in a variety of English texts historically employed to manifest and manage versions of the sacred. But since their performances inhabit social space, this often functions as a theatrical arena which is also used to stage modes of dissent, difference, sacrifice and sacrilege. In this way, all aspects of social life – the family, the nation, the idea of kingship, gender identities, courtly ideals, love making or smoking – may become sacralized and buttress claims for power by recourse to a repertoire of religious symbolic forms.
Through critical readings of central texts and authors – such as Sir Gawain, Foxe, Sidney, Shakespeare, Donne, or Vaughan – as well as less canonical examples – the Croxton play, Buchanan, Lanyer, Wroth, or the tobacco pamphlets – the twelve contributions all engage with the crucial question how, and to what end, performances of the sacred affect, or effect, cultural transformation.

Schröder, Bianca-Jeanette

in speech, especially for two reasons: 1) in the magical or religious spheres sacred, powerful, or dangerous things are not directly mentioned (that would be sacrilege, nefas) for fear that e.g. a god o...

Kinzl, Konrad (Peterborough)

[German version] (Νικίδης/Nikídēs). Son of Phoenicides, of the dḗmos of Melite (IG I3 422 col. III, 212; 216; 424,17f.; 426 col. II, 75; And. 1,12f.: Nikiades). In 415 BC, he was condemned to death in absentia in a sacrilege case (see Mutilation of the Herms) upon denunciation by Andromachus; his