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The Genesis of fiction [electronic resource] : modern novelists as biblical interpreters / Terry R. Wright.

By: Wright, Terry R.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Aldershot, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, c2007Description: 1 online resource (xii, 188 p.).ISBN: 9780754684367 (electronic bk.); 0754684369 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Twain, Mark, 1835-1910 -- Religion | Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968 -- Religion | Mann, Thomas, 1875-1955 -- Religion | Bible. Genesis -- In literature | American fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism | English fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism | Religion in literature | Religion and literature -- History | American fiction | English fiction | Religion and literature | Twain, Mark | TRAVEL -- Special Interest -- Literary | LITERARY CRITICISM -- General | Bellettrie | Receptie | Genesis (bijbelboek) | Genesis | Englische Literatur -- Motiv -- Genesis | Genesis -- Motiv -- Englische Literatur | Genesis -- Rezeption | Literatur -- USA -- Motiv -- Genesis | Genesis -- Motiv -- Literatur -- USA | Motiv (Literatur) | Roman | Mann, Thomas | Joseph und seine Br�uder | Bibel | Literatur | Religion <Motiv> | Geschichte 1900-2000Genre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Genesis of fiction.DDC classification: 809.3/9382 Other classification: 11.41 | 17.93 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Introduction : wrestling with the book of Genesis -- Adam, Eve and the serpent : Mark Twain -- Cain and Abel : John Steinbeck -- From the flood to Babel : Jeanette Winterson -- The sacrifice of Isaac : Jenny Diski -- Rachel and her sisters : Anita Diamant -- Joseph and his brothers : Thomas Mann.
Summary: This book considers a range of twentieth-century novelists who practise a creative mode of reading the Bible, exploring aspects of the Book of Genesis which more conventional biblical criticism sometimes ignores. Each chapter considers some of the interpretive challenges of the relevant story in Genesis, especially those noted by rabbinic midrash, which serves as a model for such creative rewriting of the biblical text. All the novelists considered, from Mark Twain, John Steinbeck and Thomas Mann to Jeanette Winterson, Anita Diamant and Jenny Diski, are shown to have been aware of the midrashi.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [173]-182) and index.

Introduction : wrestling with the book of Genesis -- Adam, Eve and the serpent : Mark Twain -- Cain and Abel : John Steinbeck -- From the flood to Babel : Jeanette Winterson -- The sacrifice of Isaac : Jenny Diski -- Rachel and her sisters : Anita Diamant -- Joseph and his brothers : Thomas Mann.

This book considers a range of twentieth-century novelists who practise a creative mode of reading the Bible, exploring aspects of the Book of Genesis which more conventional biblical criticism sometimes ignores. Each chapter considers some of the interpretive challenges of the relevant story in Genesis, especially those noted by rabbinic midrash, which serves as a model for such creative rewriting of the biblical text. All the novelists considered, from Mark Twain, John Steinbeck and Thomas Mann to Jeanette Winterson, Anita Diamant and Jenny Diski, are shown to have been aware of the midrashi.

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