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The Suffering Self : Pain and Narrative Representation in the Early Christian Era - Judith Perkins

The Suffering Self

Pain and Narrative Representation in the Early Christian Era

Paperback Published: 30th August 1995
ISBN: 9780415127066
Number Of Pages: 264

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"The Suffering Self" is a ground-breaking, interdisciplinary study of the spread of Christianity across the Roman empire. Judith Perkins shows how Christian narrative representation in the early empire worked to create a new kind of human self-understanding - the perception of the self as sufferer. Drawing on feminist and social theory, she addresses the question of why forms of suffering like martyrdom and self-mutilation were so important to early Christians.
This study crosses the boundaries between ancient history and the study of early Christianity, seeing Christian representation in the context of the Greco-Roman world. She draws parallels with suffering heroines in Greek novels and in martyr acts and examines representations in medical and philosophical texts.
Judith Perkins' controversial study is important reading for all those interested in ancient society, or in the history of Christianity.

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"The sweep of Perkins's assemblage of ancient texts, and especially her apparent willingness to read across apparent religious and genre boundaries, puts her in good company ... [B]y highlighting the roles of healing and charity ... Perkins not only helps us to see how Christianity may have grown in part by creating 'the subject of its concern' but also reinforces her contention that the representational revolution spearheaded by earlier Christian texts continued to give an unusually privileged and sympathetic place to the sick and the poor in the ancient world." -"Church History ..." demonstrate[s] a remarkable capacity to capture the sense of pain's expressive function ... Perkins' training as a classicist is employed with vigor and elegance." -Patrick Hayes, Yale Divinity School

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Acknowledgements
Introductionp. 1
Death as a Happy Endingp. 15
Marriages as Happy Endingsp. 41
Pain Without Effectp. 77
Suffering and Powerp. 104
Healing and Power: The Acts of Peterp. 124
The Sick Selfp. 142
Ideology, Not Pathologyp. 173
Saints' Lives: The Community of Sufferersp. 200
Notesp. 215
Bibliographyp. 228
Indexp. 247
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ISBN: 9780415127066
ISBN-10: 0415127068
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 30th August 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 1

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