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The Typological Imaginary: Circumcision, Technology, History

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In this book Kathleen Biddick investigates the fate of the enduring timelines fabricated by early Christians to distinguish themselves from their Jewish neighbors. Ranging widely across the history of text, technology, and book art, she relates three interwoven stories: the Christians' translation of circumcision into a graphic problem of writing on the heart; the temporal ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published September 30th 2003 by University of Pennsylvania Press (first published September 2003)
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Karl Steel
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Shelves: medieval, theory
At 104 pages of body text, way too short. A conclusion, wrap up, epilogue: whatever it would be called, some final material would have been very welcome. Biddick at times just gestures towards material in a handful of sentences that could have been treated at much more length (see the reference to André Aciman), and she never quite demonstrates that the logic of supersession in historiography is particularly a Christian logic of antiJudaism. It's not, certainly, and it's not, not even in this bo ...more
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Although I don't agree with its uberLacanian methodology -- a little too totalizing -- this book was bracing.
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