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Title: Aesthetic form and the Book of Amos : the application of a Bakhtinian category to a biblical text
Author: Lazarewicz-Wyrzykowska, Elzbieta
ISNI:       0000 0004 2668 5896
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 2009
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The purpose of this thesis is to re-examine the role played by the references to Israel's formative events in Amos 2:9-10 and 3:1-2 in the book's rhetorical makeup, and to argue that the insights from M. M. Bakhtin can provide new interpretational possibilities. After a consideration of M. M. Bakhtin's aesthetic theory, presented by him in his early essays, especially in 'The Problem of Content, Material and Form' and 'Author and Hero in Aesthetic Activity,' an application of his categories is made. It is demonstrated that the aforementioned references to Israel's formative events can be conceptualised in Bakhtinian terms as an act of aesthetic creation. This allows us to see Israel's moral law and its land as two related aspects of its aesthetic 'form.' It is argued that the presentation of the book's renowned social criticism (Amos 2:6-8; 4:1; 5:10-12; 8:4-6) in such a context reinforces the text's ideology, which shows the nation's elite's lifestyle, attitude toward other social groups, and military policy, as direct reasons of the oncoming catastrophe, and the people's exile from the land (Amos 6:7; 7:17; 9:9).
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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