CHRISTIANITY, WILD TURKEY, AND SYPHILIS H. ARAM VEESER City College of New York This volume is that thoroughly unexpected thing, a compel- lingly readable, astoundingly well constellated grouping of highly individual essays. Delivered with tremendous verve and theoreti- cal fluency, the collection lifts biblical history out of antiquarian- ism and lore and places it at the edge of literary critical debate. Which of the collected essays belongs to which genre-New Historicism, cultural materialism, ideological criticism, feminism, or postcolonial theory-will be a debated issue, perhaps, and I shall give my own answer here. The necessary taxonomical ques- tion should not, however, be allowed to obscure the enormous learning and coherency of purpose that infuse all of these arti- cles. Those peering anxiously from within the citadel of establish- ment biblical scholarship may well feel, upon reading this vol- ume, like besieged residents of Sarajevo, Kabul, or Kinshasa. And yet this good-humoredly contentious collection manages to be passionate without stridency, philosophical without pedantry, and richly playful without frivolity. With Attic symmetry, the volume relates to biblical studies in just the same way that the anecdote relates to a master narrative. Pungent and off-beat stories are freely quoted in this collection
Biblical Interpretation – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1997
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