Madonnas that Maim

A psychoanalytic interpretation of men’s and women’s relationship with images of the Virgin Mary that emphasizes the risks and dangers of these meetings. Real presence is real, not benign, and Carroll theorizes some of the reasons why this is so.

[Michael P. Carroll, Madonnas that Maim: Popular Catholicism in Italy Since the Fifteenth Century, Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992]