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Beneath the Veil of the Strange Verses: Reading Scandalous Texts #2020

Beneath the Veil of the Strange Verses Reading Scandalous Texts Jeremiah Alberg s fascinating book explores a phenomenon almost every news reader has experienced the curious tendency to skim over dispatches from war zones political battlefields and economic cent

  • Title: Beneath the Veil of the Strange Verses: Reading Scandalous Texts
  • Author: Jeremiah L. Alberg
  • ISBN: 9781611860764
  • Page: 302
  • Format: Paperback
  • Beneath the Veil of the Strange Verses: Reading Scandalous Texts By Jeremiah L. Alberg, Jeremiah Alberg s fascinating book explores a phenomenon almost every news reader has experienced the curious tendency to skim over dispatches from war zones, political battlefields, and economic centers, only to be drawn in by headlines announcing a late breaking scandal Rationally we would agree that the former are of significance and importance, but they do not pJeremiah Alberg s fascinating book explores a phenomenon almost every news reader has experienced the curious tendency to skim over dispatches from war zones, political battlefields, and economic centers, only to be drawn in by headlines announcing a late breaking scandal Rationally we would agree that the former are of significance and importance, but they do not pique our curiosity in quite the same way The affective reaction to scandal is one both of interest and of embarrassment or anger at the interest The reader is at the same time attracted to and repulsed by it Beneath the Veil of the Strange Verses describes the roots out of which this conflicted desire grows, and it explores how this desire mirrors the violence that undergirds the scandal itself The book shows how readers seem to be confronted with a stark choice either turn away from scandal completely or become enthralled and thus trapped by it Using examples from philosophy, literature, and the Bible, Alberg leads the reader on a road out of this false dichotomy By its nature, the author argues, scandal is the basis of our reading it is the source of the obstacles that prevent us from understanding what we read, and of the bridges that lead to a deeper grasp of the truth.

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    1. Alberg selects an interesting topic, the presence, use, and meaning of scandalous texts in philosophy, literature, and sacred writings, in effect, to remind readers that serious interpretation of such texts requires her to consider in greater depth the points of offense scandal when reading In breaking down these scandals in one s analysis, the reader has a greater understanding of their various meanings, but importantly, it makes possible the nullification of the scandal in one s view of the w [...]

    2. A probing tour of western literature with stops at a few intriguing places where we have the opportunity to reflect on scandal in these texts Stops include Nietzsche, Rousseau, Dante, the Gospels Flannery O Connor The purpose of these stops examination of key passages of these writers is to learn to read deeply enough so that we can pick ourselves after stumbling scandal meaning stumbling block Interestingly, each scandal has to do with the creation of victims the way scandalized scandalizing wr [...]

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