Perverse Midrash by Katharine Brown Downey
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Perverse Midrash
By Katharine Brown Downey

Perverse Midrash

Oscar Wilde, Andre Gide, and Censorship of Biblical Drama

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Perverse Midrash by Katharine Brown Downey

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Oscar Wilde's Salome and Andre Gide's Saul have been considered critically in the traditional contexts of authorial oeuvre, biography, or 'thought'. These plays have been treated with embarrassed respect, dealt with only because of the importance of their authors. That Wilde and Gide made use of biblical material seems to discomfit their critics; that they had done so at a time when biblical drama was prohibited has rarely been addressed. Traditional critical treatments seek to smooth over the plays' aberrant qualities. This study takes them seriously as aberrations and investigates Wilde's and Gide's claims that these plays are works of faith, by considering them as participating in the history of biblical drama.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780826416216
ISBN-10: 0826416217
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Pages: 176
Imprint: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 13-Jan-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Downey uses Oscar Wilde's Salome and Andre Gide's Saul to discuss censorship of biblical drama from the sixteenth century through the nineteenth century.

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Author Biography - Katharine Brown Downey

Perverse Midrash is Katherine Brown Downey's, first book. She is working on a second about the Victorian-era Anglican cleric F.W. Farrar.

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