9780415167796

The Book of Hiding: Gender, Ethnicity, Annihilation, and Esther

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415167796

  • ISBN10:

    0415167795

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1997-12-11
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

The Book of Hidingoffers a fluent analysis of the parallels between the Bible and contemporary discussions of gender, ethnicity and social ambiguity. Timothy K. Beal focuses particularly on the traditionally marginalized book of Esther, to examine closely the categories of self and other in relation to religion, sexism, nationalism, and the legacies and future possibilities of annihilation. The author applies the critical tools of contemporary theorists, such as Cixous, Irigaray and Lacan, challenging widely held assumptions about the moral and life-affirming message of Scripture and even about the presence of God in the book of Esther.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
INTRODUCTION: Dislocating Beginnings 1(14)
1 WRITING OUT, I
15(14)
2 PALIMPEST
29(11)
3 THE BIBLE AS MORAL LITERATURE
40(10)
4 WRITING OUT, II
50(10)
5 FINDING ONESELF SIGNED UP
60(15)
6 INSOMNIA AND A LOST DREAM OF WRITING
75(10)
7 SUBVERSIVE EXCESSES
85(11)
8 COMING OUT
96(11)
IN CONCLUSION 107(18)
Notes 125(16)
Bibliography 141(8)
Index 149

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