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Perpetua's PassionsMultidisciplinary Approaches to the Passio Perpetuae et Felicitatis$
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Jan N. Bremmer and Marco Formisano

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199561889

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199561889.001.0001

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The Power of Uncertainty

The Power of Uncertainty

Interpreting the Passion of Perpetua and Felicitas

(p.321) XVII The Power of Uncertainty
Perpetua's Passions

Philippe Mesnard

Oxford University Press

This chapter first discusses the way in which The Passion of Perpetua and Felicitas falls within research conducted previously, the corpus of which is composed of literary texts dealing with Nazi concentration camps and the genocide of the Jews. It then questions certain aspects of the texts and paratexts which constitute this ensemble called The Passion of Perpetua and Felicitas, as well as some aspects of this story’s commentaries and their importance. It also reflects on these analyses along with other corpuses or examples that may seem very foreign to the literature of Christian martyrs, but that contain the similar logic or narrative dispositifs.

Keywords:   The Passion of Perpetua and Felicitas, Nazi concentration camps, genocide, Jews, Christian martyrs

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