publication . Article . 2021

The Maternal Body as a Space: Examining the Visuality of Marian Pregnancy in Late Medieval Europe

Aireen Grace Andal;
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  • Published: 01 Jul 2021 Journal: Open Theology, volume 7, issue 1, pages 256-270 (issn: 2300-6579, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: De Gruyter
Abstract This work offers a theoretically informed analysis of the characterization of maternity in religion using a spatial lens. The maternal body as a space is used as an analytical framework to discuss how Mary’s pregnancy is located and spatialized in Christianity. Through examining selected medieval Marian iconography, this work discusses what kind of space Mary’s body represents in the Christian doctrine. Analysis shows three central themes on the characterization of the maternal body as a space: (1) as a transitional space, (2) as a landmark, and (3) as a liminal space. The images of Marian pregnancy show that the maternal body is beyond its biological p...
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free text keywords: mary, marian iconography, maternity, space, body, Religion (General), BL1-50, Religious studies
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