Document Type

Article

Date

2005

Embargo Period

10-7-2016

Keywords

Early Christianity

Disciplines

Christianity | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

Description/Abstract

Burrus pursues juxtapositional readings of two sets of novelistic texts that cut across religious affiliations and the politics commonly associated therewith: the Acts of Paul and Thekla and Achilles Tatius's Kleitophon and Leukippe, on the one hand, and Heliodorus's Ethiopian Story and Joseph and Aseneth, on the other. Reading for resistance, she also reads for virginity, which functions as a site of articulated cultural ambivalence in each of the romances. That virginity is a characteristic and historically innovative preoccupation of ancient romances is scarcely a novel proposition.

Additional Information

Copyright © The Johns Hopkins University Press. This article first appeared in Arethusa, Volume 38, Issue 1, Winter 2005, pp. 49-88.

DOI

10.1353/are.2005.0003

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