Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Rhetoric of SufferingReading the Book of Job in the Eighteenth Century$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Jonathan Lamb

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198182641

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182641.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 21 March 2019

Job and the Practice of Writing

Job and the Practice of Writing

Chapter:
(p.27) 2 Job and the Practice of Writing
Source:
The Rhetoric of Suffering
Author(s):

Jonathan Lamb

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182641.003.0002

The stories of Sitis and Martha exhibit the arrogance of systems of doctrine and interpretation towards the emergencies faced by individuals. The system wants to display private distress as a public example and an accountable event; the individual prefers to regard distress as a shock, unexpectable and therefore beyond the scope of prescription, exemplification, and consolation. These women propose alternative methods of making sudden pain tolerable that depend on practical adaptations of Job's story suitable to complaints made in the first person singular. This chapter argues that such adaptations ignore or undermine the universality of official consolation by developing a relation of the complaining voice to a redeeming voice capable of doing justice to the particulars of the case. They make no gestures towards the fulfilment of norms or law; they accumulate the circumstances of a private and personal grief in an effort of practical vocality determined by self-reference and the unfolding of tautologies. The successful relation of voice to voice and ‘I’ to ‘I’ depends not upon a recovery of innocence and identity but on a redoubled writing, a superscript or a writing upon writing.

Keywords:   Book of Job, self-reference, Martha, Sitis

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .