Chapter

Loose Canons:

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/9780226035888.003.0009
Loose Canons:

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This chapter revisits the artifacts far from the double perspective of canonization or “ruling” and the difficulty of monotheism. The discussion brings the chapter back to the enigmatic appeal of Yusuf, its relation to vision, and the ethics of facing—of sighting the signs as facing the face. The logic underlying the critique of identity politics is tenable precisely because of a deeper, even more invisible and therefore insidious power game that consists of binding the outcome of the process, the religious identity based on canon, to a less visible because less institutionally defined form of identity which is, strictly speaking, literary or aesthetic. This “literary identity,” still to be defined, infuses the religious canon in many different ways. Representation plays a central role in it, although not the only one. As the chapter argues, the promotion of, and through, literary identity is connected to representation as forms of incarnation or embodiment.

Keywords: canonization; monotheism; signs; identity politics; religious identity; literary identity; representation; incarnation; embodiment

Chapter.  9412 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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