Scripted bodies: reading the spectacle of Jacob wrestling the Angel

Tongue, S. (2012) Scripted bodies: reading the spectacle of Jacob wrestling the Angel. Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality, 6(1), pp. 20-37.

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Abstract

This article argues that by reading the spectacle of Jacob’s struggle with the angel/man in Genesis 32:22-32, we might explore how the difficulties of representing human and divine male bodies are also bound up with certain scriptings of what these bodies can mean. This is not to simply map biblical characters onto modern masculinities, but to focus on the ‘technologies of the self’ that are involved in reading in the present, a type of ‘pre-posterous’ reading (Bal, 2008) of these biblical patriarchs who inhabit a textual world that has historically been a part of constructing our conceptions of how social, political and theological textualities structure everyday life. I am concerned with how such representations are formed by interpretation and, if such interpretations are to become more androcritical, this includes the necessary acknowledgment of a poetic-ethic double-bind in deconstructive reading and retelling.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Tongue, Dr Samuel
Authors: Tongue, S.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BS The Bible
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > Theology and Religious Studies
Journal Name:Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality
Journal Abbr.:JMMS
Publisher:Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality
ISSN:1177-2484
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2012 Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality
First Published:First published in Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality 6(1):20-37
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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