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Title: Poetics for the Gospels? Rethinking Narrative Criticism
Author: Merenlahti, Petri
Publisher: Bloomsbury T & T Clark; Publication Date: 2002
Paperback; ISBN: 9780567042613
Volumes: 1; Pages: 192
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'Poetics', the study of making literary works, regards the gospels as literature. Petri Merenlahti makes the case that poetics offer a vital critical tool to interpreting the gospels. He argues that poetics must also be "historical", as perceptions of literary form and value are not fixed, but evolve and develop from one time and culture to another. He provides a comprehensive account of the development and current state of poetics and narrative criticism.
Through scrupulous methodological discussion and detailed analysis of gospel narratives, Merenlahti offers a highly productive future programme for historial poetics in gospel studies.
"An excellent overview of the way in which poetics has developed from a concern with the literary nature of texts into an historical poetics much more sensitive to the interaction between particular historical conditions and the functioning and understanding of texts."--John Riches
"Remarkably easy to read and understand (something not always true of theoretical works of such depth)."--Edgar McKnight
"Merenlahti is concerned to integrate narrative criticism with what is best in the classic history-oriented methods. I believe that such a critical synthesis is of the utmost importance for the future of the field."--Heikki Raisanen