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Entangled Voices: Genre and the Religious Construction of the Self Frederick J Ruf

Entangled Voices: Genre and the Religious Construction of the Self

Frederick J Ruf

Published February 16th 2012
ISBN : 9781280528590
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125 pages
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In this book, Ruf tries to understand how the concepts of voice and genre function in texts, especially religious texts. To this end, he joins literary theorists in the discussion about narrative. Ruf rejects the idea of genre as a fixed historicalMoreIn this book, Ruf tries to understand how the concepts of voice and genre function in texts, especially religious texts. To this end, he joins literary theorists in the discussion about narrative. Ruf rejects the idea of genre as a fixed historical form that serves as a template for readers and writers- instead, he suggests that we imagine different genres, whether narrative, lyric, or dramatic, as the expression of different voices. Each voice, he asserts, possesses different key qualities: embodiment, sociality, contextuality, and opacity in the dramatic voice- intimacy, limitation, urgency in lyric- and a magisterial quality of comprehensiveness and cohesiveness in narrative. These voices are models for our selves, composing an unruly and unstable multiplicity of selves. Ruf applies his theory of voice and genre to five texts: Dinesons Out of Africa, Donnes Holy Sonnets, Primo Levis The Periodic Table, Robert Wilsons Einstein on the Beach, and Coleridges Biographia Literaria. Through these literary works, he discerns the detailed ways in which a text constructs a voice and, in the process, a self.- More importantly, Ruf demonstrates that this process is a religious one, fulfilling the function that religions traditionally assume: that of defining the self and its world.