Locating the Past / Discovering the Present

This collection examines the production and recreation of religious ideas and images in different times and locations, achieving a comparative perspective on the transmission of religious influences. The essayists look at contact and conflict between insiders and outsiders, centres and margins, Jews and Christians, Slavs and Greeks, and ancient ritual behaviours and modern television broadcasting, as part of the negotiation of new identity positions, relationships, and accommodations. The book combines the disciplines of literary studies, cultural studies, art history, religion, history, and critical theory, making it an important resource to a range of scholars as well as non-specialists.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Front Cover 1
Title Page 3
Copyright 5
Dedication 6
Contents 8
Acknowledgements 10
Introduction | Gay & Reimer 12
I Locating the Past: Historical Contexts 20
1 The Jewish Connection | Delany 22
2 Christian Interpretations of Kabbalah | Young 44
3 Reading from the Margins at Little Gidding, c. 1625–1640 | Dyck 68
4 The Seductive Serpent | Räpple 92
II Discovering the Present: Contemporary Configurations 112
5 Memoirs of Byzantium | Kostash 114
6 “The Writing on the Wall” | Gay 134
7 Marginality, Martyrdom, and the Messianic Remnant | Huebner 152
8 Shared Marginalization and Negotiated Identities | Wesselius 170
9 Celluloid Temple | Menzies 196
Contributors 216
Index 220