qThis provides a new and convincing account of the strategic reception of the Bible in a wide range of writers and thinkers. That such a use can be truly subversive; that it can undermine the very meaning attached to biblical narratives by organized religion, is one of the surprising and exciting discoveries of this readable and intelligent book.q - Sander L. Gilman, Distinguished Professor of the Liberal Arts and Sciences, Emory University qThis collection provides a wonderful array of essays attuned to the manifold literary and political uses and abuses of scripture in the contemporary world. The contributors show both the need to subvert the presumptions of scripture to overreach its historical contexts and scripture's power to remain a source of critique of the hubristic pretentions of secular culture ...This collection is full of surprising treasures that serve to open new paths in the study of the relation between the Bible and postmodern culture.q - Steven Kepnes, Murray W. and Mildred K. Finard Professor in Jewish Studies and Religion, Colgate University qThis could not be more timely or more crucial; in a period where we are ever more conscious of the effect of the appropriation, manipulation, subversion, or reinterpretation of canonical religious texts for at times bewildering variety of purposes, any attempt to examine the phenomenon is highly welcome...The 'subversive' literary works covered in the contributors' selections constitute a dazzling array of choices. They provide ample proof of the book's value as a vital way of thinking about international literary culture. This has the potential to be a frequently consulted and often thumbed anthology of secondary literature that creatively rediscovers a perennially absorbing topic.q - Jeremy Dauber, Associate Professor of Yiddish Language, Literature and Culture, Columbia University.And, as Berlinerblau also demonstrates, conservatives and liberals point to the Bible (often to the very same verses) to provide grounding for positions that may be vehemently opposed to each other. In his inaugural address, Barack Obamaanbsp;...
|Author||:||Beth Hawkins Benedix|
|Publisher||:||Palgrave Macmillan - 2009-10-27|