The Woman Babylon and the Marks of Empire Paperback

Reading Revelation with a Postcolonial Womanist Hermeneutics of Ambiveilence

by Shanell T Smith;

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The Woman Babylon and the Marks of Empire

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The "Great Whore" of the Book of Revelation - the hostile symbolization used to illustrate the author's critique of empire - has attracted considerable attention in Revelation scholarship. Feminist scholar Tina Pippin criticizes the use of gendered metaphors - "Babylon" as a tortured woman - which she asserts reflect an inescapably androcentric, even misogynistic, perspective. Alternatively, Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza understands John's rhetoric and imagery not simply in gendered terms, but in political terms as well, observing that "Babylon" relies on conventionally coded feminine language for a city. Shanell T. Smith seeks to dismantle the either/or dichotomy within the "Great Whore" debate by bringing the categories of race/ethnicity and class to bear on John's metaphors. Her socio-cultural context impels her to be sensitive to such categories, and, therefore, leads her to hold the two elements, "woman" and "city," in tension, rather than privileging one over the other.

The Woman Babylon and the Marks of Empire by Shanell T Smith was published by Fortress Press,U.S. in October 2014. The ISBN for The Woman Babylon and the Marks of Empire is 9781451470154.

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Page last updated 15th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherFortress Press,U.S. (October 2014)
Number of Pages192
Thickness12 mm
Height228 mm
Width263 mm
Product Code4299780
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