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APOLOGY FOR THE TEXT, OR WIGS AND VEILS<sup>1</sup>

Brian Britt

in Literature and Theology

Volume 14, issue 4, pages 412-429
Published in print December 2000 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online December 2000 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/14.4.412
APOLOGY FOR THE TEXT, OR WIGS AND VEILS1

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In spite of limited resources, intellectual diversity, and arguments that texts are overrated as a method and object of study, this essay argues that religion and literature maintains a vital and even subversive identity by its commitment to the text After challenging Lawrence Sullivan's argument against the ‘tyranny of the text’ in religious studies, I sketch three dimensions of texts that concern religion and literature as I see it the aesthetic, the critical, and the transcendental With an emphasis on the subversive function of religion and literature, I apply a hermeneutic of suspicion to these dimensions of text through two metaphors the wig (la perruque) and the veil.

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