Loving Yusuf: Conceptual Travels from Present to Past by Mieke Bal

By Mieke Bal

When Mieke Bal reread the tale of Joseph and Potiphar’s spouse as an grownup, she was once struck by means of transformations among her youth stories of an ethical story and what she learn this present day. In Loving Yusuf¸ Bal seeks to unravel this conflict among reminiscence and textual content, utilizing an identical tale, during which Joseph spurns the development of his master’s spouse who then falsely accuses him of rape, as her element of departure. She juxtaposes the Genesis story to the quite varied model instructed within the Qur’an and the depictions of it via Rembrandt and explores how Thomas Mann’s nice retelling in Joseph and His Brothers reworks those versions.

Through this inquiry she develops suggestions for the research of texts which are either unusual and overly familiar—culturally distant but regularly retold. As she places own stories in discussion with scholarly exegesis, Bal asks how all of those varied models complicate her personal and others’ adventure of the tale, and the way the several truths of those texts of their respective traditions remove darkness from the method of canonization.

 

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