The Politics of the Beast

Strømmen, Hannah (2018) The Politics of the Beast. Relegere: Studies in Religion and Reception, 7 (1-2). pp. 147-164. ISSN 1179-7231

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Abstract

The use of animals to denote negative characteristics rises out of a long-standing reliance on the distinction – both strikingly dogmatic and strategically dynamic – between what is “human” and what is “animal”. One of the most influential texts to use animal imagery in conjuring up antipathy is the book of Revelation. Focusing on the female-animal assemblage of Revelation 17, I argue that in examining this assemblage more closely through Jacques Derrida’s notion of a deconstructed sovereignty, it is possible to destabilise facile connotations and connections between animals and an “other” beastliness that must be violently conquered.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Special Issue on the intersection of reception history and animal studies, edited by Matthew Chrulew
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BS The Bible
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D051 Ancient History
D History General and Old World > D History (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0441 Literary history
Divisions: Departments > Theology
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Depositing User: Hannah Strommen
Date Deposited: 30 May 2018 11:09
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2019 11:40
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/3438

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