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Title: Violence and visions : the book of the twelve, the literary fantastic and psychoanalysis
Author: Gourley, Sylvia Kathryn
ISNI:       0000 0004 6421 4366
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2017
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This dissertation explores the trajectory of theories of literary fantasy derived from the works of Tzvetan Todorov, Eric Rabkin and Rosemary Jackson, amongst others, with links to Freud, Jung, Lacan, Kristeva and psychoanalysis. The potential value of these perspectives as critical methods for biblical studies is explored. My basic thesis is that the fantastic elements simply could not be ignored, marginalised, diminished or displaced, but must be interpreted in their literary contexts, as integral to the meta-narrative. I investigate the conditions of: hesitation, uncertainty, doubt, incongruity, ambiguity, metamorphosis and liminality, as they arise in the texts of the Book of the Twelve. The fantastic elements in my choice of texts confound central dichotomies - hope/horror; utopia/dystopia; benign/malign; natural/supematural; interiority/ alterity (more commonly referred to as ‘self and ‘other’); status quo/transformation. I also take into consideration some of the key themes in recent biblical studies, synthesised from my initial reading. Certain trends have emerged which I endeavour to address when appropriate including: gendered language and metaphors as vehicles for political commentary and validity of feminist criticism as a reader-response method. Biblical texts selected from the voices of the Book of the Twelve focus upon YHWH and the themes of violence and visions within the prophetic context. My method of choice is Autobiographical /Biblical Criticism. In each case, the element of the fantastic is signalled by hesitancy in the reader, a sense of the uncanny (Freud’s das Unheimliche), an uncomfortable occupancy between the real world and an imaginary or utopian world which is tinged with the supernatural.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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