"It Is Requir'd You Do Awake Your Faith" Reader-Response and the Gospel of St Mark

Cosgrove, Brian (2004) "It Is Requir'd You Do Awake Your Faith" Reader-Response and the Gospel of St Mark. Proceedings of the Irish Biblical Association, 27.

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Wholly lacking in the kind of experience and expertise which the specialist theologian would possess, it is with some trepidation that a student of English enters into unknown territiry and embarks on a literary-critical approach to the gospel of St Mark. One may, however, take courage - and one's cue - from Frank Kermode's statement in the "Preface" to The Genesis of Secrecy, where he suggests that "the gospels need to be talked about by critics of a quite unecclesiastical formation". He later claims that literacy critics, although secular, are nonetheless "the heirs of the exegetical and hermeneutic traditions" and, as such, they "should be allowed their secular say on the cardinal texts" (Kermode 15-16). In what follows, I shall in fact be making significant use of this fine study by Kermode, although I hope to strike out in a different direction.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Faith; Reader-Response; Gospel of St Mark;
Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts,Celtic Studies and Philosophy > School of English, Media & Theatre Studies
Item ID: 755
Depositing User: Professor Brian Cosgrove
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2007
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of the Irish Biblical Association
Publisher: The Irish Biblical Association
Refereed: Yes

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