Dreaming Away: On Fantasy

in Loving Yusuf

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2008 | ISBN: 9780226035864
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226035888 | DOI:
Dreaming Away: On Fantasy

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This chapter explores useful concepts to deal with Joseph and the woman who loves him against all odds and a few concepts that foreground the ambiguous nature of the subject of dreams and fantasy. The chapter leads to a provisional definition of fundamentalism as a reading posture to literalism. It argues that in order to give reading its rightful place in culture and cultural memory, literalism is indispensable. Fantasy is of crucial importance in even the most rational process of cultural life, science. In Evelyn Fox Keller's examination of scientific discourse and its consequences for the cultural power of science and technology, Secrets of Life, Secrets of Death, she offers a lucid critique of the devastation wrought on the cultural imagination by key metaphors in scientific discourse. Keller detects in them elements of a rivalry between scientists and the imagined subject of the creation of nature—a subject many call “God.”

Keywords: Joseph; dreams; fantasy; fundamentalism; literalism; culture; memory; science; Evelyn Fox Keller; God

Chapter.  9318 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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