Journal Article

Emplotting Forgiveness: Narrative, Forgetting and Memory

Jonathan Tran

in Literature and Theology

Volume 23, issue 2, pages 220-233
Published in print June 2009 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online March 2009 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/frp002
Emplotting Forgiveness: Narrative, Forgetting and Memory

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Miroslav Volf has provocatively argued that redemption necessitates forgetting (1996, 2006). Yet, Volf's claims insufficiently consider the narratival configuration of memory. This essay utilises Paul Ricoeur's work on mimesis in order to challenge Volf's case for forgetting. The author advances Ricoeur's philosophical description of forgiveness toward a theological account of divine forgiveness as re-narration, gift-giving funded by trinitarian abundance.

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Subjects: Literature ; Religion and Art, Literature, and Music

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