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The suffering self : pain and narrative representation in the early Christian Era

Author: Judith Perkins
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Suffering Self is a controversial interdisciplinary study of the spread of Christianity across the Roman empire. Judith Perkins shows how Christian narrative representation in the early empire worked to create a new kind of human self-understanding - the perception of the self as sufferer. Drawing on feminist and social theory, she addresses the question of why themes of martyrdom and bodily suffering were so  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Judith Perkins
ISBN: 0415113636 9780415113632 0415127068 9780415127066
OCLC Number: 503423036
Description: 254 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: 1. Death as a Happy Ending --
2. Marriages as Happy Endings --
3. Pain Without Effect --
4. Suffering and Power --
5. Healing and Power: The Acts of Peter --
6. The Sick Self --
7. Ideology, Not Pathology --
8. Saints' Lives: The Community of Sufferers.
Responsibility: Judith Perkins.

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Explores how Christian narrative representation in the early Empire worked to create a new kind of human self-understanding - the self as sufferer - and why forms of suffering such as martyrdom and  Read more...

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