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Suffering Self Pain and Narrative Representation in the Early Christian Era

ISBN-10: 0415127068
ISBN-13: 9780415127066
Edition: 1995
Authors: Judith Perkins
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Description: The Suffering Selfis a ground-breaking, interdisciplinary study of the spread of Christianity across the Roman empire. Judith Perkins shows how Christian narrative representation in the early empire worked to create a new kind of human  More...

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Book details

List price: $45.95
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 8/28/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

The Suffering Selfis a ground-breaking, interdisciplinary study of the spread of Christianity across the Roman empire. Judith Perkins shows how Christian narrative representation in the early empire worked to create a new kind of human self-understanding - the perception of the self as sufferer. Drawing on feminist and social theory, she addresses the question of why forms of suffering like martyrdom and self-mutilation were so important to early Christians. This study crosses the boundaries between ancient history and the study of early Christianity, seeing Christian representation in the context of the Greco-Roman world. She draws parallels with suffering heroines in Greek novels and in martyr acts and examines representations in medical and philosophical texts. Judith Perkins' controversial study is important reading for all those interested in ancient society, or in the history of Christianity.

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Acknowledgements
Introduction
Death as a Happy Ending
Marriages as Happy Endings
Pain Without Effect
Suffering and Power
Healing and Power: The Acts of Peter
The Sick Self
Ideology, Not Pathology
Saints' Lives: The Community of Sufferers
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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