Conclusions: Comedy, the Hebrew Bible, and Feminist Interpretation

Melissa A. Jackson

in Comedy and Feminist Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199656776
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191742170 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

Conclusions: Comedy, the Hebrew Bible, and Feminist Interpretation

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From this work's investigation, nine particularly instructive points of contact between comedy and feminist interpretation emerge: both (1) resist definition, (2) exist amid a self/other, subject/object dichotomy, (3) emphasize and utilize context, (4) promote creativity, (5) acknowledge the concept of distancing, (6) work toward revelation, (7) are subversive, (8) are concerned with containment and control, and (9) enable survival. The use of comedy as an interpretative lens for the Hebrew Bible is not without difficulties for feminist interpretation. While maintaining an uncomfortable, even painful, awareness of the hold patriarchy retains on the Hebrew Bible, feminist critics can still choose to allow comedy's revelatory, subversive, survivalist nature to do its work revealing, subverting, and surviving.

Keywords: comedy; comic; feminist interpretation; revelation; subversive; survival

Chapter.  6082 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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