This reader brings together a representative collection of Mieke Bal's work that distills her broad interests and areas of expertise.
Author: Mieke Bal
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Mieke Bal has had a significant impact on every field she has touched, from Old Testament scholarship and narratology to critical methods and visual culture. This brilliant and controversial intellectual invariably performs a high-wire act at the point where critical issues and methods intersect—or collide. She is deeply interested in the problems of cultural analysis across a range of disciplines. A Mieke Bal Reader brings together for the first time a representative collection of her work that distills her broad interests and areas of expertise. This Reader is organized into four parts, reflecting the fields that Bal has most profoundly influenced: literary study, interdisciplinary methodology, visual analysis, and postmodern theology. The essays include some of Bal’s most characteristic and provocative work, capturing her at the top of her form. “Narration and Focalization,” for example, provides the groundwork for Bal’s ideas on narrative, while “Reading Art?” clearly outlines her concept of reading images. “Religious Canon and Literary Identity” reenvisions Bal’s own work at the intersection of theology and cultural analysis, while “Enfolding Feminism” argues for a new feminist rallying cry that is not a position but a metaphor. More than a dozen other essays round out the four sections, each of which is interdisciplinary in its own right: the section devoted to literature, for instance, ranges widely over psychoanalysis, theology, photography, and even autobiography. A Mieke Bal Reader is the product of a capacious intellect and a sustained commitment to critical thinking. It will prove to be instructive, maddening, and groundbreaking—in short, all the hallmarks of intellectual inquiry at its best.
Bal, Death and Dissymmetry, pp. 55, 124–26, 236; Fragmented Women, p. 196.
33. Trible, Texts of Terror, p. 41. 34. Exum, Fragmented Women, p. 201: 'my first
step has been to claim that a crime has been committed. Proving it depends upon
Author: Lisa Isherwood
Violence remains endemic in today's society. Religious morality and social prejudice can lead to many acts of violence going unnoticed. 'Weep Not for Your Children' presents a selection of essays that examine the ways in which religion and violence interconnect. The presence of violence in the origins of cultural and religious norms is examined. The essays cover a wide range of examples of violence: from the Holocaust to domestic violence and from the violence created by economic systems to that created by the construction of gender itself. 'Weep Not for Your Children' challenges and provokes the reader to think beyond traditional associations of good and evil.
2 Death & Dissymmetry is the first book I have ever read in biblical studies that
may to some extent be judged by its cover . The three words “ Death & Dissymmetry " each appear in a different typeface above a very jarring , high
See Bal , Death and Dissymmetry , chap . 4 . 75. An interesting example of
psychological input is the contrast between Bal's treatment of males '
dependence on females and Meyers ' Discovering Eve , 168–73 , cf. 40–45 .
Meyers treats it in a ...
Mieke Bal , Death and Dissymmetry ( Chicago : University of Chicago Press ,
1988 ) , 18 . See also Mieke Bal , Murder and Difference : Gender , Genre and
Scholarship on Sisera ' s Death , trans . Matthew Gumpert ( Bloomington : Indiana
Author: David Gay
Publisher: Newark : University of Delaware Press
Category: Literary Criticism
Instead, as this book centrally contends, Milton represented the Bible as a radically counter-historical text that provides grounds for critical and oppositional readings against the current of historical events."--BOOK JACKET.
... the process of death (the death of natural life as the birth of spiritual life), at the
end of which the is itself becomes Life, the being of the is becomes Life once
again in a dissymmetry that I tried to analyze elsewhere. In this dissymmetry, Life
Author: Jacques Derrida
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
One of Jacques Derrida’s richest and most provocative works, Life Death challenges and deconstructs one of the most deeply rooted dichotomies of Western thought: life and death. Here Derrida rethinks the traditional philosophical understanding of the relationship between life and death, undertaking multidisciplinary analyses of a range of topics, including philosophy, linguistics, and the life sciences. In seeking to understand the relationship between life and death, he engages in close readings of Freudian psychoanalysis, the philosophy of Nietzsche and Heidegger, French geneticist François Jacob, and epistemologist Georges Canguilhem. Derrida gave his “Life Death” seminar over fourteen sessions between 1975 and 1976 at the École normale supérieure in Paris as part of the preparation for students studying for the agrégation, a notoriously competitive qualifying exam. The theme for the exam that year was “Life and Death,” but Derrida made a critical modification to the title by dropping the coordinating conjunction. The resulting title of Life Death poses a philosophical question about the close relationship between life and death. Derrida argues that death must be considered neither as the opposite of life nor as the truth or fulfillment of it, but rather as that which both limits life and makes it possible. Through these captivating sessions, Derrida thus not only questions traditional understandings of the relationship between life and death, but also ultimately develops a new way of thinking about what he calls “life death.”
04 “ Jephthah ' s Daughter , ” 58 – 74 , but especially 60 ; see , somewhat
similarly , Bal , Death and Dissymmetry , 46 – 52 , especially 49 ( and also 110 ) ,
who also sees the daughter ' s ritual event as a young woman ' s rite of passage ...
Author: Susan Ackerman
Publisher: Anchor Bible
Details and analyzes the biblical woman--such as Deborah, Delilah, and Jael--profiled in the book of Judges who relied on their intellect, courage, feminine wiles, strength, and guile on both the battlefield and at home, and illustrates the recurrence of these types of women throughout history.
Observations on Mieke Bal ' s Death & Dissymmetry VERNON K . ROBBINS obert
Detweiler has contributed to the lives of many people in abundantly different
ways . He has contributed to my life in a special way by initiating a graduate ...
He is effectively dead to posterity even before his daughter's death , and as soon
as she is introduced as his only child we know that his line is doomed to
annihilation whether or not she is sacrificed . ... So M. Bal , Death and Dissymmetry .
Author: Michael Anthony Knibb
Publisher: Supplements to the Journal for
This collection of essays by a group of well-known international scholars deals with the complex and fluid ways in which biblical traditions are transmitted in a variety of contexts focusing especially on the versions, the pseudepigrapha and Qumran, and early Christian literature.
Bach , Alice 1991 Review of Murder and Difference : Gender , Genre , and
Scholarship on Sisera's Death and Death and Dissymmetry : The Politics of
Coherence in the Book of Judges , by Mieke Bal . USQR 44 : 333-41 . 1999 “
Rereading the ...
Author: Jione Havea
Publisher: Scholars Press
Using experiences of South Pacific islanders, Havea reads around and across biblical texts to explore women's vows in the Hebrew Bible, exposing the slippery nature of both language and political control and demonstrating a "transtextual" way to read biblical law. Paperback edition available from the Society of Biblical Literature (www.sbl-site.org).
Indeed , the most extended discussion of the woman of Thebez that I have seen
in print — a series of pages in Mieke Bal's dazzling book on Judges , Death and Dissymmetry — was written by a feminist scholar of literary and interpretation ...
Author: Peter S. Hawkins
Publisher: Sheffield Phoenix Press Limited
Biblical women who are given only a few lines in the Bible, who are named only as the wife or sister or child of a man, can nonetheless play pivotal roles and cast long shadows. This volume brings together scholars, writers and art historians, who probe texts and trace reception history in exegesis, midrash, literature and the visual arts as they breathe life again into these biblical characters. CONTENTS J. Cheryl Exum, Hagar en procès: The Abject in Search of Subjectivity Ena Giurescu Heller, Bibles, Midrashim and Medieval Tales: The Artistic Journey of Potiphar's Wife Esther Schor, Saviors and Liars: The Midwives of Exodus 1 Jacqueline Osherow, Brides of Blood: Women at the Outset of Exodus Peter S. Hawkins, God's Trophy Whore: Rahab of Jericho Ken Stone, How a Woman Unmans a King: Gender Reversal and the Woman of Thebez in Judges 9 Susanna Bede Caroselli, The Dissemination of Jephthah's Daughter Katheryn Pfisterer Darr, Asking at Abel: A Wise Woman's Performance in 2 Samuel 20 Lesleigh Cushing Stahlberg, From Biblical Blanket to Post-biblical Blank Slate: The Lives and Times of Abishag the Shunammite Jay Twomey, Is Naomi a Liberal Pluralist? The Politics of Loss and Redemption in Jonathan Edwards's Sermon, 'Ruth's Resolution' Martien A. Halvorson-Taylor, The Strange Case of the Disappearing Woman: Biblical Resonances in Kafka's Fräulein Bürstner Erin Runions, Ms Job and the Problem of God: A Feminist, Existentialist, Materialist Reading
Why does Death and Dissymmetry have such a weird cover— two couples
dancing together in front of a bleak street, characterized by closed shops
protected with metal grates? Yet as 1 read 1 realized that Bal was asking new
She sees her death as the essence of sacrifice , for her death purchases the
survival of the entire community : one dies so ... for the unnamed sacrificial
daughter in the book of Judges ( Death and Dissymmetry : The Politics of
Coherence in the ...
Death and Dissymmetry : The Politics of Coherence in Judges . ... The guiding
principle throughout is " the dissymmetry of power " as displayed in oppositions
within the text - - oppositions , for instance , between man and woman , mother
Author: Mark Allan Powell
This annotated bibliography of more than 1,700 titles reflects the growing interest in the application of contemporary literary theory to biblical studies. The work begins with an insightful introductory essay that offers a critical assessment of contemporary literary theory. It continues with an overview of those works that established the basis of modern literary criticism. Also examined are critical writings that discuss the application of literary theory to the Bible. The heart of the bibliography is a comprehensive listing of literary and critical studies of biblical texts, followed by a discussion of works that evaluate the reception of modern literary criticism in the world of biblical studies.
Many of these have been discussed by scholars : For instance , the use of
darkness as 4 See for example Bal , Death and Dissymmetry , who argues that
the story reflects the tensions involved in the transition from patrilocal to virilocal ...
Author: Aubrey Glazer
Written in a variety of disciplines, these essays rethink canonical texts through Harry Fox's rubric, contributing to the understanding of historical and textual moments of embarrassment and embracement. Contributors include Yaakov Elman, Paul Heger, Tirzah Meacham, Yosef Tubi, and the late Chana Safrai, as well as many students, colleagues, and friends of Professor Fox.
Mieke Bal ' s thesis , in Death and Dissymmetry , is that the book of Judges is the
literary product of a struggle over the transition from one pattern of kinship /
marriage to another — from ' patrilocal ' ( the husband moves to the wife ' s father '
Author: J. Cheryl Exum
Publisher: Trinity PressIntl
"This highly original volume illustrates what has been happening in the past two decades in Hebrew Bible studies under the influence of developments in literary theory. The methods and practice of reader-response criticism and deconstruction as well as feminist, materialist, and psychoanalytic approaches are all represented here by leading international Hebrew Bible literary critics." "The distinctive and eclectic studies of particular texts introduce students and scholars to exciting new dimensions of biblical study."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Mieke Bal , Death and Dissymmetry : The Politics of Coherence in the Book of
Judges ( Chicago : University of Chicago Press , 1988 ) , 3 . See also Elisabeth
Schüssler Fiorenza , “ Text and Reality - Reality as Text : The Problem of a
Author: Pui-lan Kwok
As a Chinese woman, a feminist theologian, and a biblical scholar, Kwok Pui-lan brings a new perspective and voice to the task of hermeneutics. Her multi-dimensional reading of the Bible draws on a tradition much older than that of the West while it simultaneously incorporates the insights of contemporary feminist and Third World theologies.
See Mieke Bal , Death and Dissymmetry : The Politics of Coherence in the Book
of Judges ( Chicago : University of Chicago Press , 1988 ) ; and “ A Body of
Writing : Judges 19 ” in Athalya Brenner , A Feminist Companion to Judges (