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Title: French Structural Analysis and its Application to the Narratives of St. Luke's Gospel.
Author: Robinson, N.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3529 2099
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 1976
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In the INTRODUCTION historical approaches to the study of the gospels are reviewed and it is suggested that research on the gospels is in a state of crisis. french literary structuralism based on structural linguistics is put forward as a possible solution to the present dilemma. In PART I some key concepts from structural linguistics are explained and various structuralist approaches to narratives are summarised and criticised. Levi-Strauss's work is dealt with only in so far as it is necessary as a basis for understanding the writings of other structuralists less well-known in England. More attention is paid to the work of Propp, Creimas, Bremond and Barthes whoee theories are illustrated wherever possible with summaries of work on the gospels and Acts. A further chapter deals with the problem of the narrator's intrusions in stories. In PART II Luke VII 11-17, XXIV 13-35, XV 11-32 and XVI 19-31 are analysed in detail using the methods discussed in Part I. In PART III there are short studies of the plot, actants, discourse and symbolic field of the whole gospel. In the CONCLUSION it is urged that although structural analysis is a broad movement and does not have a well defined method it could provide exegetes with a valuable stimulus and form the basis of a narrative interpretation. Historical research will still be necessary for accounting for the origins of Christianity but should not be allowed to dominate exegesis.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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