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THE BEST STORIES IN THE BEST ORDER? CANONS, APOCRYPHAS AND (POST)MODERN READING

Valentine Cunningham

in Literature and Theology

Volume 14, issue 1, pages 69-80
Published in print March 2000 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online March 2000 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/14.1.69
THE BEST STORIES IN THE BEST ORDER? CANONS, APOCRYPHAS AND (POST)MODERN READING

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Bible reading occurs at intersection of perpetually shifting canons—of textual meaning, interpretative strategies, and preferred textual menu for particular contemporary consumption. Such continual up-to-datedness is the Bible's, as it is the classic's, only survival kit. Contemporary reading is the only reading—ever Post-modernism's biblical reading menu is notable for its post-modernist yields of meaning, but textual post-modernism—aporias textual unboundedness, canonical on-edgedness, apocryphalism, etcetera—is typical of biblical texts' ur-post-modernism (the Bible living up, of course, to applied post-modernist reading expectations). All such reading is an aestheticisation a fictionalising process—abusive naturally, constructively abusive, perhaps, but always catachretical, demythologising, a negative theology. But, of course, this is utterly inevitable for now.

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