Chapter

Looking In:

in Loving Yusuf

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2008 | ISBN: 9780226035864
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226035888 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226035888.003.0004
Looking In:

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This chapter explores projection, which is part of any form of processing signs, in reading, looking, listening, and talking alike. As with fantasy, the chapter gives projection its legitimate place in cultural processes. Without these activities, usually dismissed as unserious, any account of cultural and intercultural interaction is simplistic and disingenuous. The freedom to decline or go along with invitations to bow to authority or to transgress is at the heart of the moral education embedded in the storytelling. Another memory—powerful, significant, and with lasting impact—transforms the nature of its formative quality. The memory serves here to keep in view the widely and radically divergent things when looking at the same object. It makes any attempt to determine “the right interpretation” simply ludicrous. This chapter is written under the aegis of Mikkel Borch-Jacobson's first quoted sentence about fantasy.

Keywords: projection; fantasy; moral education; memory; Mikkel Borch-Jacobson

Chapter.  6954 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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