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Biblical Curses and the Displacement of Tradition (Brian Britt) Hardcover Book, (Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2011) 9781907534119
Biblical Curses and the Displacement of Tradition (Brian Britt) Hardcover Book, (Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2011) 9781907534119
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Title: Biblical Curses and the Displacement of Tradition

Author: Britt, Brian

Publisher: Sheffield Phoenix Press; Publication Date: 2011

Hardcover; ISBN: 9781907534119

Volumes: 1; Pages: x, 309

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In Biblical Curses and the Displacement of Tradition Brian Britt offers an intriguing perspective on curses as the focus of debates over the power, pleasure, and danger of words. Biblical authors transformed ancient Near Eastern curses against rival ethnic groups, disobedient ancestors, and the day of one's own birth with great variety and ingenuity.Transformations of biblical curses proliferated in post-biblical history, even during periods of 'secularization'. This study argues that biblical, early modern, and contemporary transformations of curses constitute displacements rather than replacements of earlier traditions.The crucial notion of displacement draws from Freud's psychoanalytic theory, Nietzsche's critical philosophy, and Benjamin's engagement with textual tradition; it highlights not only manifest shifts but also many hidden continuities between cursing in biblical texts and cursing in such 'secular' domains as literature, law, politics, and philosophy. The tradition of biblical cursing neither purely 'religious' nor purely 'secular' travels through these texts and contexts as it redefines verbal, human, and supernatural power. ContentsIntroduction. The Displacement of Biblical CursesPART 1. BIBLICAL CURSES1. Covenant Curses as Models of Displacement2. Identity and Ethnicity in Biblical Curses3. Cursing the Day, Cursing the Self. Job 3 and Jeremiah 20PART 2. EARLY MODERN CURSING4. Power and Profanity. Cursing in Seventeenth-Century England5. Broadside Ballads, Lyrical Ballads, and the Wandering Jew6. Nietzsche and Freud, Cursing ModernsPART 3. THE CONTEMPORARY LEGACY OF BIBLICAL CURSES7. Biblical Curses in American Fiction. Hurston and O'Connor8. Erasing Amalek. Derrida, Negative Theology, and Biblical Erasure9. Curses Left and Right. Speech Act Theory, Hate Speech, and Religious Freedom
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