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Narrative criticism of the New Testament : an introduction

Author: James L Resseguie
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Mich. : Baker Academic, ©2005.
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Narrative criticism, which involves the application of literary critical methods to the study of Scripture, is a promising hermeneutical approach. Surprisingly, however, little has been written that surveys the field for a broader audience. James Resseguie's primer admirably fills that gap. Readers will discover here a particularly well-balanced introduction to the subject. For those concerned with theoretical  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Resseguie, James L.
Narrative criticism of the New Testament.
Grand Rapids, Mich. : Baker Academic, ©2005
(OCoLC)609316835
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James L Resseguie
ISBN: 0801027896 9780801027895
OCLC Number: 61362694
Description: 288 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: pt. 1: Introducing narrative criticism --
Definition --
Narrative criticism and new criticism --
Narrative criticism and reader-response criticism --
Defamiliarization of the New Testament --
The usefulness of narrative criticism --
pt. 2: Rhetoric --
Definition --
Repetition --
Framing narratives --
Rhetorical figures --
Figures of thought (tropes) --
A reading of rhetoric in Luke 24:13-35 --
pt. 3: Setting --
Definition --
A reading of setting in Hemingway's "Hills like white elephants" --
Setting in the New Testament --
A reading of setting in Mark 5:1-20 --
pt. 4: Character --
Definition --
Round and flat characters --
Dynamic and static characters --
Showing and telling --
Robert Alter's scale of means --
A reading of character in Chopin's "Story of an hour" --
Reading biblical characters --
pt. 5: Point of view --
Definition --
Four planes of point of view --
A reading of point of view in Chopin's "Ripe figs" --
Point of view in the New Testament --
A reading of point of view in Luke 10:25-37 --
pt. 6: Plot --
Definition --
Elements of a plot --
Plot types and plot patterns --
Order of narration --
A reading of plot in the book of Revelation --
pt. 7: Applying narrative criticism --
Approaching texts --
A reading of the story of Nicodemus --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: James L. Resseguie.
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Narrative criticism, which involves the application of literary critical methods to the study of Scripture, is a promising hermeneutical approach. Surprisingly, however, little has been written that surveys the field for a broader audience. James Resseguie's primer admirably fills that gap. Readers will discover here a particularly well-balanced introduction to the subject. For those concerned with theoretical issues, there is a thorough survey of methodology, critical concepts, and the significance of literary devices. Numerous examples illustrate the fruitfulness of literary approaches for interpreting particular texts. Following an introduction that identifies the methods of narrative criticism and distinguishes them from other hermeneutical approaches, Resseguie devotes chapters to the principal elements of narrative: setting, point of view, character, rhetoric, plot, and reader. For each, he offers practical examples of how a "close reading" of the text can discover important nuances and insights. Resseguie points out that narrative criticism has the advantage of dealing with the text as a self-contained unit, avoiding the fragmentation often produced by other methodologies.

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