© 2009

Finding Saint Francis in Literature and Art

  • Editors
  • Cynthia Ho
  • Beth A. Mulvaney
  • John K. Downey

Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Finding Francis: An Invitation

    1. William R. Cook
      Pages 1-20
  3. Francis in Medieval Text and Painting

  4. Francis Remembered in New Contexts

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 203-209

About this book


Contributors demonstrate how the tools of various intellectual disciplines can be used to examine what we now know about the story of Saint Francis in his own era and how that story has been appropriated in our period.


English literature experience hagiography Italy literature Medieval Literature memory Middle Ages nature opera painting spirituality stage theology tradition

About the authors

Cynthia Ho is Professor of Literature and Director of the Humanities Program at the University of North Carolina, Asheville.

John K. Downey is Professor of Religious Studies at Gonzaga University.

Beth Mulvaney is Professor of Art and Director of the Honors Program at Meredith College.

Bibliographic information


"This collection is an intriguing combination of the scholarly and the personal, and given the uniqueness of its subject, Francis of Assisi, this approach seems not only appropriate but also needed. It takes Francis into new areas, looks at him from some interesting perspectives, and given its range will have something new for any reader with an interest in Francis, from hard-core Franciscan scholars to those interested in Francis for more personal reasons." - Ronald Herzman, Distinguished Teaching Professor of English, SUNY Geneseo