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New Testament Textual Criticism and the Biological Sciences
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The Erotic Life of Manuscripts
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Texts began to be classified into "families, tribes, and nations," and later were racialized as "African" or "Asian," with distinguishable "textual physiognomies" and "textual complexions." These genealogies would later be traced to show the inheritance of "corruptions" and "contamination" through generations, an understanding of textual diversity reflective of eighteenth- and ninteenth-century European anxieties over racial corruption and degeneration. While these biological metaphors have been powerful tools for textual critics, they also produce problematic understandings of textual "purity" and agency, with the use of scientific discourse artificially separating the work of textual criticism from literary interpretation. Yii-Jan Lin traces the use of metaphors and methods from the biological sciences by New Testament textual critics to show how the use of biological classification, genealogy, evolutionary theory, and phylogenetics has shaped-and limited-the goals of the field, the greatest of which is the establishment of an authoritative, original text. The conclusion of this study proposes new metaphors for the field.
The Erotic Life of Manuscripts by Yii-Jan Lin was published by Oxford University Press Inc in February 2016. The ISBN for The Erotic Life of Manuscripts is 9780190279806.
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|Page last updated||15th October 2016|
|Author / Artist||Yii-Jan Lin|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press Inc (February 2016)|
|Number of Pages||216|