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Patriarchs and their women, some inaugural intertexts of hospitality: the <i>Odyssey</i>, Abraham, Lot and the Levite of Ephraim

Judith Still

in Derrida and Hospitality Theory and Practice

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780748640270
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671786 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640270.003.0002
Patriarchs and their women, some inaugural intertexts of hospitality: the Odyssey, Abraham, Lot and the Levite of Ephraim

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This chapter analyzes some very particular key texts relating to hospitality which seem to haunt the present, or which act as nodal points crossed by the tensions that still beset us today — episodes from the Odyssey and from the Books of Genesis and Judges in the Old Testament. It goes on to discuss briefly the nostalgic relationship of discourses about hospitality in general to the (text of the) past (a form or structure), which means that the past anxiously inhabits the present text. This past can equally be figured as an ‘elsewhere’, which can be found for instance in praise for (nomadic) Arab hospitality. Finally, it argues that intertextuality can be understood in terms of textual hospitality, and thus also inhospitality, just as much as discourses about hospitality self-consciously refer to a legacy.

Keywords: Odyssey; Genesis; Judges; Old Testament; intertextuality; textual hospitality; inhospitality

Chapter.  18552 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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