Beneath the Veil of the Strange Verses Paperback

Reading Scandalous Texts

by Jeremiah L Alberg;

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Beneath the Veil of the Strange Verses

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Jeremiah Alberg's fascinating book explores a phenomenon almost every news reader has experienced: the curious tendency to skim over dispatches from war zones, political battlefields, and economic centers, only to be drawn in by headlines announcing a late-breaking scandal. Rationally we would agree that the former are of more significance and importance, but they do not pique our curiosity in quite the same way. The affective reaction to scandal is one both of interest and of embarrassment or anger at the interest. The reader is at the same time attracted to and repulsed by it. "Beneath the Veil of the Strange Verses "describes the roots out of which this conflicted desire grows, and it explores how this desire mirrors the violence that undergirds the scandal itself. The book shows how readers seem to be confronted with a stark choice: either turn away from scandal completely or become enthralled and thus trapped by it. Using examples from philosophy, literature, and the Bible, Alberg leads the reader on a road out of this false dichotomy. By its nature, the author argues, scandal is the basis of our reading; it is the source of the obstacles that prevent us from understanding what we read, and of the bridges that lead to a deeper grasp of the truth.

Beneath the Veil of the Strange Verses by Jeremiah L Alberg was published by Michigan State University Press in March 2013. The ISBN for Beneath the Veil of the Strange Verses is 9781611860764.

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Details for Beneath the Veil of the Strange Verses

Page last updated 11th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback / softback
PublisherMichigan State University Press (March 2013)
Number of Pages141
Thickness15 mm
Height226 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4069091
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