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Psychoanalytic Meditations between Marxist and Postcolonial Readings of the Bible
Liew, Tat-Siong Benny and Erin Runions, editors

Atlanta: SBL Press, 2016 pp. viii + 241. $38.95

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Description: This volume pursues critical readings of the Bible that put psychoanalysis into conversation with Marxist and postcolonial criticism. In these essays psychoanalysis provides a way to mediate between Marxism's materialist groundings and postcolonialism's resistance against empire. The essays in the volume illuminate the way empire has shaped the biblical text by looking at the biblical texts' silences, ruptures, oversights, over-emphases, and inexplicable elements. These details are read as symptoms of a set of oppressive material relations that shaped and continue to haunt the text in the ascendancy of the text in the name of the West.

Subjects: Bible, Literature, Methods, Social-Scientific Approaches, Psychology, Ideological Critique, Postcolonial Approaches

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Review by Rhiannon Graybill
Published 1/11/2018
Citation: Rhiannon Graybill, review of Tat-siong Benny Liew and Erin Runions, eds., Psychoanalytic Meditations between Marxist and Postcolonial Readings of the Bible, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2018).


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