The Woman Babylon and the Marks of Empire: Reading Revelation with a Postcolonial Womanist Hermeneutics of Ambiveilence (Paperback)Shanell T Smith (author)
Paperback 192 Pages / Published: 01/10/2014
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The "Great Whore" of the Book of Revelation - the hostile symbolization used to illustrate the author's critique of empire - has attracted considerable attention in Revelation scholarship. Feminist scholar Tina Pippin criticizes the use of gendered metaphors - "Babylon" as a tortured woman - which she asserts reflect an inescapably androcentric, even misogynistic, perspective. Alternatively, Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza understands John's rhetoric and imagery not simply in gendered terms, but in political terms as well, observing that "Babylon" relies on conventionally coded feminine language for a city. Shanell T. Smith seeks to dismantle the either/or dichotomy within the "Great Whore" debate by bringing the categories of race/ethnicity and class to bear on John's metaphors. Her socio-cultural context impels her to be sensitive to such categories, and, therefore, leads her to hold the two elements, "woman" and "city," in tension, rather than privileging one over the other.
Publisher: Fortress Press,U.S.
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 304 g
Dimensions: 228 x 263 x 12 mm
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