Two St. Mary’s professors had books published this past summer. Religious Studies professor Björn Krondorfer released a book focusing on the role of men in religion. French professor Laine Doggett, who is currently on sabbatical, released a book that analyzes medieval French love stories.
Krondorfer’s work, Men and Masculinities in Christianity and Judaism: A Critical Reader, provides insight into the historical role of men in religion. It analyzes how men have shaped and contributed to normative and alternative pathways in Christianity and Judaism. He sought out to answer questions concerning, “What can we learn about man representing themselves, what can we learn about man misrepresenting themselves?”
Krondorfer pulled various writings from the last 25 years that were previously published in sub-disciplines in this area. “My hope is that this defines the contours of this field in religious studies,” he said.
Krondorfer is a Professor of Religious Studies and the Department Chair for Philosophy and Religious Studies. He is in his 16th year at St. Mary’s. Last year, he taught a class devoted to the role of masculinity in religion and plans on teaching the course again next year. The newly published book will be a required reading for his class.
Krondorfer is currently completing his second book on the same topic, titled Male Confessions: Intimate Revelations and the Religious Imagination. It is expected to be released in 2010 with Stanford University Press.
Doggett is an Associate Professor of French. Her book, Love Cures: Healing and Love Magic in Old French Romance, seeks to correct misinterpretations by past critics of love magic in romance. She focuses on French love stories from the late 12th and early 13th centuries to examine how love can actually heal people.
According to Doggett, most people view that time period from a 20th or 21st century perspective. People have trouble accepting that anything besides modern medicine has the power to heal. “[These ideas] have been pushed aside by modern readers,” Doggett said.
Although the book is too specific to be used as a required reading in any of her courses, Doggett’s Intro to French course incorporates many of the same topics.