A Mieke Bal Reader

A Mieke Bal Reader

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Mieke Bal has had a significant impact on every field she has touched, from Old Testament scholarship and narratology to critical methods and visual culture. This brilliant and controversial intellectual invariably performs a high-wire act at the point where critical issues and methods intersecta€”or collide. She is deeply interested in the problems of cultural analysis across a range of disciplines. A Mieke Bal Reader brings together for the first time a representative collection of her work that distills her broad interests and areas of expertise. This Reader is organized into four parts, reflecting the fields that Bal has most profoundly influenced: literary study, interdisciplinary methodology, visual analysis, and postmodern theology. The essays include some of Bala€™s most characteristic and provocative work, capturing her at the top of her form. a€œNarration and Focalization, a€ for example, provides the groundwork for Bala€™s ideas on narrative, while a€œReading Art?a€ clearly outlines her concept of reading images. a€œReligious Canon and Literary Identitya€ reenvisions Bala€™s own work at the intersection of theology and cultural analysis, while a€œEnfolding Feminisma€ argues for a new feminist rallying cry that is not a position but a metaphor. More than a dozen other essays round out the four sections, each of which is interdisciplinary in its own right: the section devoted to literature, for instance, ranges widely over psychoanalysis, theology, photography, and even autobiography. A Mieke Bal Reader is the product of a capacious intellect and a sustained commitment to critical thinking. It will prove to be instructive, maddening, and groundbreakinga€”in short, all the hallmarks of intellectual inquiry at its best.Whereas it is virtually impossible to define collecting and, narratively speaking, to mark where that activity begins, ... us to take it, this definition appears to hold equally for interior decorating, the composition of a wardrobe, and subscribing to anbsp;...

Title:A Mieke Bal Reader
Author:Mieke Bal
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 2006-05-15


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