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Desiring Conversion (Hardback)

Hermas, Tecla, Aseneth

Ancient History > Late Antiquity & Byzantium > Early Christianity & Patristics

Imprint: Oxford University Press
Pages: 190
ISBN: 9780199754519
Published: 31st December 2011
Casemate UK Academic

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elf-restraint or self-mastery may appear to be the opposite of erotic desire. But in this nuanced, literary analysis, Diane Lipsett traces the intriguing interplay of desire and self-restraint in three ancient tales of conversion: The Shepherd of Hermas, the Acts of Paul and Thecla, and Joseph and Aseneth. Lipsett treats "conversion" - marked change in a protagonist's piety and identity - as in part an effect of story, a function of narrative textures, coherence, and closure. Her approach is theoretically versatile, drawing on Foucault, psychoanalytic theorists, and the ancient literary critic Longinus.

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