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Psychoanalytic Mediations between Marxist and Postcolonial Readings of the Bible
edited by Tat-siong Benny Liew and Erin Runions
SBL Press, 2016
Cloth: 978-0-88414-167-9 | eISBN: 978-0-88414-166-2 | Paper: 978-1-62837-141-3
Library of Congress Classification BS645.P785 2016
Dewey Decimal Classification 220.6019

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

The first sustained conversation between Marxism, postcolonialism, and psychoanalysis in biblical studies


This volume pursues critical readings of the Bible that put psychoanalysis into conversation with Marxist and postcolonial criticism. In these essays psychoanalysis provides a way to mediate between Marxism's materialist groundings and postcolonialism's resistance against empire. The essays in the volume illuminate the way empire has shaped the biblical text by looking at the biblical texts' silences, ruptures, oversights, over-emphases, and inexplicable elements. These details are read as symptoms of a set of oppressive material relations that shaped and continue to haunt the text in the ascendancy of the text in the name of the West.


Features:


  • Essays and responses from multiple perspectives and geographical locations, including Africa, Australia, Oceania, Latin America, and North America

  • Psychoanalysis that considers how the traumas of colonialism manifest both materially and psychically

  • Close readings of biblical texts


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