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The Shape of Water: Rewriting Iconoclasm, Islam, and Deleuze in Byzantine Hagiography

Alwis, Anne (2020) The Shape of Water: Rewriting Iconoclasm, Islam, and Deleuze in Byzantine Hagiography. In: Constantinou, Stavroula and Høgel, Christian, eds. Metaphrasis: A Byzantine Concept of Rewriting and Its Hagiographical Products. The Medieval Mediterraean . Brill, Leiden, pp. 176-201. ISBN 978-90-04-39217-5. E-ISBN 978-90-04-43845-3. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:83874)

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Abstract

This chapter has two hypotheses: I first focus on a text's vulnerability to interpretation by describing the various responses an audience might have to a saint's 'passio', focusing on the metaphrasis of Tatiana of Rome (BHG 1699). Despite the anonymous author's potential motives in composing the text, it is important to examine what various audiences may have thought or felt as they read or listened to the text over centuries. Each audience, individually or collectively, may have found their own meanings in the text; in this case, reading the 'passio' as an iconophile text, an iconoclast text, or as a response to Arab invasions. Secondly, and consequently, the chapter illustrates that in the case of rewritten texts, we do not require knowledge of the model. They possess value in their own right. Using Deleuze, I thus postulate that some rewritten texts may be termed 'simulacra'.

Item Type: Book section
Uncontrolled keywords: Rewriting, saint's lives, iconoclasm
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
D History General and Old World > DE The Greco-Roman World
P Language and Literature > PA Classical philology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Anne Alwis
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2020 09:49 UTC
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2020 13:52 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/83874 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Alwis, Anne: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5688-4381
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