Last Stop Before Antarctica: The Bible and Postcolonialism in Australia

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Society of Biblical Lit, 2008 - 201 páginas
While biblical scholars increasingly use insights from postcolonial theory to interpret the Bible, the Bible itself is often neglected by postcolonial criticism, with the result that there is little influence in the other direction: from the Bible to postcolonial criticism. This second edition of Last Stop before Antarctica begins to repair the imbalance by pointing to the vital role that the Bible played in colonization, using Australia????????????????????????one of the first centers of postcolonial criticism????????????????????????as a specific example. Drawing upon colonial literature, including explorer journals, poetry, novels, and translations, it creates a mutually enlightening dialogue between postcolonial literature and biblical texts on themes such as exodus and exile, translation, identity, and home.

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Gatecrashing Thanksgiving Australian Biblical Studies in the Global Calculus
1
Marx Postcolonialism and the Bible
23
The Decree of the Watchers or Other Globalizations
37
Explorer Hermeneutics or Fat Damper and Sweetened Tea
57
Exodus Exile and the Howling Wilderness Waste
81
B Wongar Joshua 9 and Some Problems of Postcolonialism
109
On Bible Translation and Language
135
EStrange Dialectics
161
Bibliography
173
Biblical Index
193
Subject Index
196
Author Index
198
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Página 60 - When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the Lord will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them. I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.
Página 41 - The bourgeoisie cannot exist without constantly revolutionizing the instruments of production, and thereby the relations of production, and with them the whole relations of society.
Página 41 - All that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned, and man is at last compelled to face with sober senses his real conditions of life and his relations with his kind.
Página 60 - I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
Página 106 - Yet there are some like me turn gladly home From the lush jungle of modern thought, to find The Arabian desert of the human mind, Hoping, if still from the deserts the prophets come, Such savage and scarlet as no green hills dare Springs in that waste, some spirit which escapes The learned doubt, the chatter of cultured apes Which is called civilization over there.
Página 41 - Constant revolutionizing of production, uninterrupted disturbance of all social conditions, everlasting uncertainty and agitation distinguish the bourgeois epoch from all earlier ones.
Página 66 - Girded with girdles upon their loins, exceeding in dyed attire upon their heads, all of them princes to look to, after the manner of the Babylonians of Chaldea, the land of their nativity...
Página 63 - And Laban said, This heap is a witness between me and thee this day. Therefore was the name of it called Galeed. 49 And Mizpah; for he said, The Lord watch between me and thee, when we are absent one from another.
Página 152 - Translation is so far removed from being the sterile equation of two dead languages that of all literary forms it is the one charged with the special mission of watching over the maturing process of the original language and the birth pangs of its own.
Página 63 - O YE children of Benjamin, gather yourselves to flee out of the midst of Jerusalem, and blow the trumpet in Tekoa, and set up a sign of fire in Beth-haccerem : for evil appeareth out of the north, and great destruction.

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Roland Boer, Ph.D. (1993), McGill University, is Research Professor in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies at Monash University. He is the author or editor of numerous books including Rescuing the Bible (Blackwell), Criticism of Heaven (Brill), and Bakhtin and Genre Theory in Biblical Studies (Society of Biblical Literature). He is founding and managing editor of the international journal, The Bible and Critical Theory.

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