Joan of Arc at the University. Edited by Mary Elizabeth Tallon. ISBN: 0-87462-005-8 price: $25

Joan of Arc was a mystic, a soldier, a country girl. She fou‘nd the dauphin in a court of pretenders; she rode with Bluebeard to raise the siege of Orléans; she led French troops to victory at Jargeau, Meung, Beaugency and Patay; she paved Charles VII’s way to Rheims. She was captured and burned as a heretic by the English, with the complicity of the Church. She is a legend.

But her presence is more than legendary.

St. Joan is a hero for us now, when we yearn for heroes of more substance than those who flicker on our video screens. She is courageous, full of ginger, resolve, love of life, simple and unshakable faith. She is a politician who doesn’t vacillate. A military strategist who knows the value of honor. A self-taught lawyer who keeps her eye on the truth. Joan is a young woman with a purpose, who would not stoop to dissemble or to sell her integrity to achieve it. She is a girl who listens to her inner voices and is true to them.

Joan of Arc was the focus of a three week celebration that took place at Marquette University in the fall of 1996. This book, the fruit of a series of lectures which anchored that celebration, includes essays on Joan’s life and the history of medieval Europe as she helped to shape it; essays on her spirituality; on the legal, political, and theological issues raised in her trial; on artworks and films inspired by her; on French Gothic architecture; on adolescent psychology and feminism as they relate to Joan. These studies represent the University at work: outstanding teachers/scholars who bring their unique reflections and common understandings to see Joan in fresh perspective.

Joan of Arc is richly remembered here. As André Malraux wrote, in words that are incised in the wall of the marketplace at Rouen where Joan was burned: “O Jeanne, sans sépulchre et sans portrait, toi qui savais que le tombeau des héros est le cur des vivants” - “...the tomb of heroes is the heart of the living.” —Mary Elizabeth Tallon, Marquette University

Table of Contents

xi Preface
Mary Elizabeth Tallon
“Joan of Arc at the University”

xvii Introduction
Thomas Hachey
“A Sense of History”

1 Opening Lecture
Ronald Edward Zupko
“The Many Faces of Joan”
35 Response
Phillip C. Naylor
“Joan of Arc’s Mystery, History, and Intelligibility”

43 Jesuit Lecture
George H. Tavard
“The Spirituality of Saint Joan”
59 Response
Thomas Hughson, S.J.
“Joan, l’Agent Provocateur”

63 Haggerty Art Lecture
Linda Seidel
“Changing Images of Joan of Arc”

75 College of Law Debate: “Joan of Arc: Saint or Terrorist?”
State of the Question
Howard Eisenberg
Representing Joan
Michael Gillick
Representing the Church
Joseph Perry

Curtain Talks (given before performances of The Lark)
93 Daniel C. Maguire
“Joan of Arc Demythologized”
105 Brigitte Coste
“Right or Left, Who Owns Joan of Arc?”
111 Joseph Perry
“Institutions and Individuals: Joan of Arc in the Balance”
117 Phillip C. Naylor
“DeGaulle and Joan of Arc: A Comparison of Person and Praxis”
129 Michael Gillick
“Closing Argument: A Lawyer’s View of the Trial of Joan of Arc”
135 Curtis Carter
“Her Spirit in Stone: Marquette’s Joan of Arc Chapel”
141 Helen M. Sterk
“Homasse: Joan of Arc as a Feminist Model”
149 Lawrence Hoey
“Joan of Arc, the Hundred Years War, and French Gothic Architecture”
157 Dominic Paul Noth
“Burned by Celluloid: Joan of Arc in Film History”
167 Ronald E. Zupko
“The Inquisition and Joan of Arc”
175 Julius R. Ruff
“Torture in European Justice and the Trial of Joan of Arc”
183 John D. McCabe
“Joan of Arc: Saint or Symbol?”
191 Sherri Coe-Perkins
“A Psychosocial Case Study: Joan of Arc as a Marquette Student”
199 Mary J. Feeley
“What Can I Do To Become a Saint?”

201 Appendix 1
Mary Elizabeth Tallon
“Joan of Arc: A Brief Life”
207 Appendix 11
Joan of Arc Celebration: Calendar of Events


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