Criticism of Heaven
A Critical Introduction to Marxist Literary Theory and the Bible
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Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation
Number of Pages: 288
Width: 15.6 cm
Height: 23.4 cm
This is the first large-scale critical introduction for biblical criticism of a significant area of contemporary cultural and literary theory, namely Marxist literary criticism. The book comprises studies of major figures in the tradition, specifically Althusser, Gramsci, Eagleton, Adorno, Benjamin, Bloch, Lefebvre, Lukacs and Jameson. At the same time, through careful choice of critics, the book will function as a general introduction to Marxist literary theory as a whole in relation to biblical studies. Throughout the aim is to show how this material is relevant to biblical criticism, in terms of both particular approaches to the Bible and the use of those approaches for interpreting selected texts from Genesis, Exodus, Ruth, 1 Samuel, 1-2 Kings, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Psalms and Daniel. This is volume 87 in the Biblical Seminar Series.
"Roland Boer's book is the most important contribution so far to the discussion of how Marxism is, and may further be, related to biblical studies. The book is a cornucopia. ...I believe he has here pointed the next step for mode of production theory in biblical studies....one of those rare books which deserve to be called epoch-making." - The Bible and Critical Theory, Vol.1 No. 3, 2005