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Reduced laughter : seriocomic features and their functions in the Book of Kings

Author: Helen Paynter
Publisher: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2016.
Series: Biblical interpretation series, v. 142.
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In this book Helen Paynter offers a radical re-evalution of the central section of Kings. Reading with attention to the literary devices of carnivalization and mirroring, she demonstrates that it contains a florid satire on kings, prophets and nations. Building on the work of humorists, literary critics and biblical scholars, the author constructs diagnostic criteria for carnivalization (seriocomedy), and identifies  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Paynter, Helen.
Reduced laughter.
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2016
(DLC) 2016020775
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Helen Paynter
ISBN: 9789004322349 9004322345
OCLC Number: 945029753
Description: xi, 242 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Some unanswered questions in the book of Kings --
Seriocomic readings and the mise-en-abyme: useful heuristics for biblical criticism? --
An investigation into the seriocomic elements at the heart of Kings --
Anti-prophetic rhetoric --
The command-prophecy formula --
Satire against kings and nations --
Conclusion.
Series Title: Biblical interpretation series, v. 142.
Responsibility: by Helen Paynter.

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In this book Helen Paynter offers a radical re-evalution of the central section of Kings. Reading with attention to the literary devices of carnivalization and mirroring, she demonstrates that it contains a florid satire on kings, prophets and nations. Building on the work of humorists, literary critics and biblical scholars, the author constructs diagnostic criteria for carnivalization (seriocomedy), and identifies an abundance of these features within the Elijah/Elisha and Aram narratives, showing how literary mirroring further enhances their satirical effect. This book will be of particular interest to students and scholars concerned with the Hebrew Bible as literature but will be valued by those who favour more historical approaches for its insights into the Hebrew text. (Publisher).

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