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Entangled Voices: Genre and the Religious Construction of the Self

Frederick J. Ruf

Abstract

This book aims to bring about an understanding of how the concepts of “voice” and “genre” function in texts, especially religious texts. To this end, it joins literary theorists in the discussion about “narrative.” The book rejects the idea of genre as a fixed historical form that serves as a template for readers and writers; instead, it suggests that we imagine different genres, whether narrative, lyric, or dramatic, as the expression of different voices. Each voice, the book asserts, possesses different key qualities: embodiment, sociality, contextuality, and opacity in the dramatic voice; i ... More

Keywords: voice, genre, religious texts, narrative, sociality, contextuality, opacity, intimacy, urgency, self

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780195102635
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102635.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frederick J. Ruf, author
Georgetown University