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Liturgy's Imagined Past/s

Methodologies and Materials in the Writing of Liturgical History Today

Edited by Teresa Berger and Bryan D. Spinks

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Liturgy's Imagined Past/s

eISBN: 9780814662939, E6293

Details: 336 pgs,
Publication Date: 04/15/2016
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This book calls attention to the importance of scholarly reflection on the writing of liturgical history. The essays not only probe the impact of important shifts in historiography but also present new scholarship that promises to reconfigure some of the established images of liturgy's past. Based on papers presented at the 2014 Yale Institute of Sacred Music Liturgy Conference, Liturgy's Imagined Past/s seeks to invigorate discussion of methodologies and materials in contemporary writings on liturgy's pasts and to resource such writing at a point in time when formidable questions are being posed about the way in which historians construct the object of their inquiry.

Teresa Berger is professor of liturgical studies and Thomas E. Golden Professor of Catholic Theology at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Yale Divinity School. She is the author, most recently, of Gender Differences and the Making of Liturgical History and co-editor of two previous volumes from the Yale ISM Liturgy Conferences.

Bryan D. Spinks is the Bishop F. Percy Goddard Professor of Liturgical Studies and Pastoral Theology at Yale Institute of Sacred Music, Yale Divinity School, and Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. A priest in the Church of England, his most recent book is Do This in Remembrance of Me: The Eucharist from the Early Church to the Present Day. He is editor and co-editor of two previous volumes from the Yale ISM Liturgy Conferences.

eISBN: 9780814662939, E6293

Details: 336 pgs,
Publication Date: 04/15/2016


"This splendid volume ought to be required reading for any serious student of liturgical history. Its authors open new and challenging doors of inquiry that allow us to contemplate the rich diversity of our liturgical past. In so doing they also help us gain valuable perspectives for contemporary liturgical practice."

"The editors have allowed idiosyncrasies between the contributions to exist as they are. They do not force a unified agenda; rather, their volume fosters reflection and conversation precisely because multiple perspectives are given their due space. Only through such dialogue can one obtain a more accurate reading of currents within the field."
Ecclesia Orans

"With both theoretical reflections and examples of new approaches, this volume is a key addition to considering the range of methodologies needed for the writing of liturgical history."
Lester Ruth, Duke Divinity School

"People throughout the ages have re-created the past in their worship and rituals. This rich and beautifully organized collection by major scholars in the field demonstrates how and why this is so in a multiplicity of ways, across times and cultures, and often with interdisciplinary evidence that points to new methods of working. It will be a classic in the field of liturgical studies and will be gratefully received by scholars in a wide range of disciplines."
Margot E. Fassler, Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Music History and Liturgy, University of Notre Dame

"These papers make the point that there is not simply the past but rather the possibility of many pasts and that these have implications for contemporary worship. Few people are likely to find these essays of equal interest, but the quality of their scholarship is excellent."
James Dallen, Catholic Books Review

"For those interested in liturgical history, this collection offers a rich overview of contemporary methodologies, with several fascinating case studies."
Anglican Theological Review