Journal Article

Adam and Eve’s Shame (And Ours)

Graham Ward

in Literature and Theology

Volume 26, issue 3, pages 305-322
Published in print September 2012 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online July 2012 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI:
Adam and Eve’s Shame (And Ours)

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Literature and theology creates a specific interdisciplinary ‘scene’. Over recent years both disciplines have also hosted a wide range of other intellectual sources that have demonstrated the permeability of disciplinary boundaries. This essay explores this permeability by bringing together a theological analysis of shame in the biblical account of Adam and Eve, with the work of affect theory and a reading of shame in Flaubert’s Madame Bovary. The essay concludes, on the basis of the interdisciplinary exercise, with a reflection on the relationship between writing and shame, and the fears that lurk in interdisciplinary engagement. It suggests that the Journal itself has done much to mitigate the shadow and shame of dilettantism associated with interdisciplinary work.

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

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