The Bible and its Rewritings

Hardcover | October 1, 1999

byPiero BoitaniTranslated byAnita Weston

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Piero Boitani discusses how some of the most fascinating scenes of Old and New Testament -- Genesis, Exodus, Job, the Susanna story, the Gospel of John -- are directly or indirectly rewritten in works ranging from the medieval period to the late twentieth-century: by Milton and Mann; byChaucer, Dryden, La Fontaine, Orwell, and Kafka; by Faulkner and Tournier; by Shakespeare, T. S. Eliot, and Joseph Roth. Literature resonates with the mystery of recognition between human beings, and between God and humankind. The opening and closing chapters of the book examine this theme: from Abraham and Yahweh at Mamre to Joseph and his brothers, from Helen and Menelaus to Jesus and Mary Magdalene, from Periclesand Marina to Mendel Singer and his son Menuchim. The three central sections of the book discuss the means by which re-scripturing interprets the Scriptures: through truth or fiction; through letter or allegory; through liturgy, exegesis, catacomb frescoes, even churches themselves. This is an illuminating look at the Bible and its medieval and modern rewritings.

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Piero Boitani discusses how some of the most fascinating scenes of Old and New Testament -- Genesis, Exodus, Job, the Susanna story, the Gospel of John -- are directly or indirectly rewritten in works ranging from the medieval period to the late twentieth-century: by Milton and Mann; byChaucer, Dryden, La Fontaine, Orwell, and Kafka; b...

Lector of Italian, University of Cambridge, 1971-74 Lecturer in American and English Literature, University of Pescara, 1974-79 Professor of English, University of Perugia, 1979-85 Professor of English, University of Rome La Sapienza, 1985

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.67 inPublished:October 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. From J to M: Recognizing and Rewriting God2. Susanna in Excelsis3. In the Beginning Was a Cock: Animal Farms and the Plain Sense of Things4. Why Should Moses Go Down?5. To Recognize is a God: Helen, Mary Magdalen, Marina-MenuchimBibliographyIndex

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`Boitani is a medievalist whose erudition transcends the formal categories, as... that of a true medievalist should. His detailed readings of scripture, Shakespearean drama, and modern poetry and fiction are compelling, often brilliant, often so wayward and wire-drawn - but never dull. TheBible and its Rewritings is nourishingly rich in texture, and has been marvelously translated from Italian by Anita Weston.'Paul Dean, The New Criterion, Jan 2000