Supporting Characters, Opposing Voices: Reading for Devoted Resistance
This introductory article discusses the theme of this volume, which is about the devoted resistance of supporting characters in canonical stories. This volume presents a rereading of several iconic Jewish texts and one Greek tragedy with significant similarities to a Jewish work. These works were chosen for this study because some of the more nuanced cultural messages they carry within them have been missed by other readers. This volume also suggests that many of the cultural values embedded within these stories are animated, highlighted, sharpened, and nuanced through narratives concerning personal relationships between characters in positions of cultural dominance and less powerful or supporting characters.
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