Studies in Literature and Religion

Victims and the Postmodern Narrative or Doing Violence to the Body

An Ethic of Reading and Writing

Authors: Ledbetter, Mark

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Victims and the Postmodern Narrative suggests that reading and writing about literature are ways to gain an ethical understanding of how we live in the world. Postmodern narrative is an important way to reveal and discuss who are society's victims, inviting the reader to become one with them. A close reading of fiction by Toni Morrison, Patrick Suskind, D.M. Thomas, Ian McEwan and J.M. Coetzee reveals a violence imposed on gender, race and the body-politic. Such violence is not new to the postmodern world, but merely reflects Western culture's religious traditions, as the author demonstrates through a reading of stories from the Hebrew Bible and the Christian New Testament.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Doing Violence to the Body: an Ethic of Reading and Writing

    Pages 1-21

    Ledbetter, Mark

  • Through the Eyes of a Child: Looking for Victims in Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye

    Pages 22-36

    Ledbetter, Mark

  • An Apocalypse of Race and Gender: Body Violence and Forming Identity in Toni Morrison’s Beloved

    Pages 37-55

    Ledbetter, Mark

  • The Body Human: Violating the Self and Violating the Other, or Reading the Silenced Narrative — Patrick Süskind’s Perfume

    Pages 56-71

    Ledbetter, Mark

  • The Body Human and the Body Community: Getting the Story Write/Right in D. M. Thomas’s The White Hotel

    Pages 72-87

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Victims and the Postmodern Narrative or Doing Violence to the Body
Book Subtitle
An Ethic of Reading and Writing
Authors
Series Title
Studies in Literature and Religion
Copyright
1996
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-349-24590-1
DOI
10.1007/978-1-349-24590-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-333-53263-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 159
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