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Feminist Revision and the Bible : The Unwritten Volume - Alicia Suskin Ostriker

Feminist Revision and the Bible

The Unwritten Volume

Paperback Published: 2nd March 1993
ISBN: 9780631187981
Number Of Pages: 160

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What happens when women writers imagine culture? What is the relation of the feminist writer to the male tradition? Feminist Revision and the Bible extends the feminist examination of western literature to the founding document of patriarchal culture, the Bible. At the same time, it re-thinks certain customary assumptions about feminism and about the Bible, in the light of poetic 'readings' of biblical texts by 19th and 20th century women writers.Modern biblical criticism recognizes that scripture has at no moment in history been a unified monolithic text, has always been radically composite, plurally authored, multiply motivated. But these insights have not been applied to issues of gender. Mainstream feminist theory, on the other hand, with few exceptions tends to treat patriarchal texts as uniformly antagonistic to women and femaleness. Feminist Revision and the Bible proposes that women writers relate to the Bible in complex ways which both critique biblical misogyny and stem directly from elements of transgressive writing within the biblical text, suggesting that feminist reinterpretations of the Bible constitute an inevitable consequence of radical spiritual values at the core of scripture itself.

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1. Out of My Sight.

2. A Word made Flesh.

3. The Lilith Poems.

4. An Interview with Alicia Ostriker.



ISBN: 9780631187981
ISBN-10: 0631187987
Series: Bucknell Lectures in Literary Theory
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 2nd March 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 215.5 x 142.16  x 11.08
Weight (kg): 0.24
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Annotated