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A Theology Of Reading: The Hermeneutics Of Love (Radical Traditions)

A Theology Of Reading: The Hermeneutics Of Love (Radical Traditions) by Alan Jacobs 081336566X 9780813365664
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If the whole of the Christian life is to be governed by the law of lovethe twofold love of God and ones neighborwhat might it mean toreadlovingly? That is the question that drives this unique book. Jacobs pursues this challenging task by alternating largely theoretical, theological chaptersdrawing above all on Augustine and Mikhail Bakhtinwith interludes that investigate particular readers (some real, some fictional) in the act of reading. Among the authors considered are Shakespeare, Cervantes, Nabakov, Nicholson Baker, George Eliot, W.H. Auden, and Dickens. The theoretical framework is elaborated in the main chapters, while various counterfeits of or substitutes for genuinely charitable interpretation are considered in the interludes, which progressively close in on that rare creature, the loving reader. Through this doubled method of investigation, Jacobs tries to show how difficult it is to read charitablyeven should one wish to, which, of course, few of us do. And precisely because the prospect of reading in such a manner is so offputting, one of the covert goals of the book is to make it seem both more plausible and more attractive.

Author: Alan Jacobs

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 199

Publisher: Routledge

Publication Date: 2001-11-28

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