The Genesis of Fiction Hardback

Modern Novelists as Biblical Interpreters

by Terry R. Wright;

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The Genesis of Fiction

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This book considers a range of twentieth-century novelists who practise a creative mode of reading the Bible, exploring aspects of the "Book of Genesis" which more conventional biblical criticism sometimes ignores. Each chapter considers some of the interpretive challenges of the relevant story in "Genesis", especially those noted by rabbinic midrash, which serves as a model for such creative rewriting of the biblical text. All the novelists considered, from Mark Twain, John Steinbeck and Thomas Mann to Jeanette Winterson, Anita Diamant and Jenny Diski, are shown to have been aware of the midrashic tradition and in some cases to have incorporated significant elements from it into their own writing. The questions these modern and postmodern writers ask of the Bible, however, go beyond those permitted by the rabbis and by other believing interpretive communities. Each chapter therefore attempts to chart intertextually where the writers are coming from, what principles govern their mode of reading and rewriting "Genesis", and what conclusions can be drawn about the ways in which it remains possible to relate to the Bible.

The Genesis of Fiction by Terry R. Wright was published by Ashgate Publishing Group in April 2007. The ISBN for The Genesis of Fiction is 9780754616689.

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Details for The Genesis of Fiction

Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherAshgate Publishing Group (April 2007)
Number of Pages208
Thickness13 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4534844
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