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Negotiating the Disabled Body: Representations of Disability in Early Christian Texts
Solevåg, Anna Rebecca

Atlanta: SBL Press, 2018 pp. xiv + 191. $29.95

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Description: Anna Rebecca Solevåg explores how nonnormative bodies are presented in early Christian literature through the lens of disability studies. In a number of case studies, Solevåg shows how early Christians struggled to come to terms with issues relating to body, health, and dis/ability in the gospel stories, apocryphal narratives, Pauline letters, and patristic expositions. Solevåg uses the concepts of narrative prosthesis, gaze and stare, stigma, monster theory, and crip theory to examine early Christian material to reveal the multiple, polyphonous, contradictory ways in which nonnormative bodies appear.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Early Christian Literature, Literature, Methods, Social-Scientific Approaches, Ideological Critique

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Review by Vien V. Nguyen
Published 8/15/2019
Citation: Vien V. Nguyen, review of Anna Rebecca Solevåg, Negotiating the Disabled Body: Representations of Disability in Early Christian Texts, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2019).


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