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Victims and the Postmodern Narrative or Doing Violence to the Body

An Ethic of Reading and Writing


Part of the Studies in Literature and Religion book series (SLR)

About this book


Victims and the Postmodern Narrative suggests that reading and writing about literature are ways to gain an ethical understanding of how we live in the world. Postmodern narrative is an important way to reveal and discuss who are society's victims, inviting the reader to become one with them. A close reading of fiction by Toni Morrison, Patrick Suskind, D.M. Thomas, Ian McEwan and J.M. Coetzee reveals a violence imposed on gender, race and the body-politic. Such violence is not new to the postmodern world, but merely reflects Western culture's religious traditions, as the author demonstrates through a reading of stories from the Hebrew Bible and the Christian New Testament.


Close reading fiction Narrative New Testament rhetoric

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Millsaps CollegeJacksonUSA

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