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Bible and bedlam : madness, sanism, and New Testament interpretation

Author: Louise Joy Lawrence
Publisher: London, UK ; New York, NY : T&T Clark, 2018. ©2018
Series: Library of New Testament studies, 594.; T & T Clark library of biblical studies.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Bible and Bedlam first critically questions the exclusion and stereotyping of certain biblical characters and scholars perceived as 'mad', as such judgements illustrate the 'sanism' (prejudice against individuals who are diagnosed or perceived as mentally ill) perpetuated within the discipline of Western biblical studies. Second, it seeks to highlight the widespread ideological 'gatekeeping' - 'protection' and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Louise Joy Lawrence
ISBN: 9780567657534 0567657531 0567684334 9780567684332
OCLC Number: 1013721434
Description: vii, 188 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Bible and bedlam --
Ivory towers and the banishment of bedlam: reason, right minds, and sane privilege in biblical studies --
The curious incident of a Jew in the night-time: autistry and an encounter with Nicodemus --
'Ex-centric' women: intersecting marginalities and the madness narratives of Bessie Head, a Canaanite woman and Pythian slave girl --
Gatekeeping the madness of Jesus and Paul: negotiating mythologies of madness in an age of Neoliberalism --
Madness, the affect alien and the Gospel of Mark: critically probing a happiness turn in biblical studies --
Conclusion: Beyond bedlam? : keeping open[ing] minds in biblical interpretation.
Series Title: Library of New Testament studies, 594.; T & T Clark library of biblical studies.
Responsibility: Louise J. Lawrence.

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Bible and Bedlam first critically questions the exclusion and stereotyping of certain biblical characters and scholars perceived as 'mad', as such judgements illustrate the 'sanism' (prejudice against individuals who are diagnosed or perceived as mentally ill) perpetuated within the discipline of Western biblical studies. Second, it seeks to highlight the widespread ideological 'gatekeeping' - 'protection' and 'policing' of madness in both western history and scholarship - with regard to celebrated biblical figures, including Jesus and Paul. Third, it initiates creative exchanges between biblical texts, interpretations and contemporary voices from 'mad' studies and sources (autobiographies, memoirs etc.), which are designed to critically disturb, disrupt and displace commonly projected (and often pejorative) assumptions surrounding 'madness'. Voices of those subject to diagnostic labelling such as autism, schizophrenia and/or psychosis are among those juxtaposed here with selected biblical interpretations and texts. -- ‡c From publisher's description.

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Lawrence does, however, succeed in urging care when it comes to assessing the moti-vations of long-dead subjects, biblical or otherwise. * The Catholic Biblical Quarterly *

 
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