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The Bible and FeminismRemapping the Field$
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Yvonne Sherwood

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198722618

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198722618.001.0001

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Death and the Maiden

Death and the Maiden

Manifestos, Gender, Self-canonization, and Violence

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(p.15) Chapter 1 Death and the Maiden
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The Bible and Feminism
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Jorunn Økland

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198722618.003.0002

In a comparative study of the manifesto genre, the chapter selects three manifestos that from the outset shares common traits, including glorification of death and violence, a preoccupation with gender, the ‘laying bare’ of future events, all from a marginal position in the present. The three are the biblical Book of Revelation, Solanas’s SCUM Manifesto, and Breivik’s 2083: A European Declaration of Independence. The modern manifestos demonstrate genre similarities and a continuity in themes, preoccupations compared to Revelation, but postulating direct dependence would mean going too far. Instead, the chapter demonstrates how the misogynist ideology of Revelation lives on in the clockwork of the genre it helped to create, long after any detailed knowledge of the text itself is forgotten.

Keywords:   comparative genre studies, manifestos, violence, Book of Revelation, SCUM Manifesto, 2083: A European Declaration of Independence

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