Fictional Transfigurations of Jesus Theodore Ziolkowski

ISBN: 9781579109318

Published: April 1st 2002

Paperback

315 pages


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Fictional Transfigurations of Jesus  by  Theodore Ziolkowski

Fictional Transfigurations of Jesus by Theodore Ziolkowski
April 1st 2002 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 315 pages | ISBN: 9781579109318 | 7.12 Mb

Many novels revolve around the figure of Jesus. Some of the finest of them are defined by Theodore Ziolkowski as fictional transfigurations of Jesus. They share a modern hero patterned on Jesus the culture-hero, whose life consisted of the motifs ofMoreMany novels revolve around the figure of Jesus.

Some of the finest of them are defined by Theodore Ziolkowski as fictional transfigurations of Jesus. They share a modern hero patterned on Jesus the culture-hero, whose life consisted of the motifs of the last supper, lonely agony, betrayal, trial, and crucifixion. The aesthetic challenge of adapting this most familiar story for their generation has attracted an unusual number of great writers, among them Papini, Kazantzakis, Hesse, Mann, Greene, Faulkner, and Gore Vidal.

The form began with the new image of a humanized Jesus which developed in the nineteenth century. The interest in religious paranoia and hysteria at the turn of the century instantly expanded its potentialities as novelists began to explore the theme of christomania. This was followed by studies of Jesus as mythic figure and then Marxist-oriented portraits of comrade Jesus. Finally the form became inverted into parody in the Fifth Gospels in which not Jesus, but Judas, is the central figure.



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