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Monstrous Imagination: John's Revelation and Fantasies of Power

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Biosciences Complex
Room: 1120
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Lecture given by Dr.Maia Kotrosits, from Denison University.

Depicting God’s judgment and the destruction of a corrupt world, followed by the redemption of the faithful, John’s Revelation is often understood as the unique beliefs of first century Christians, if not also a prediction of what is still to come. By contrast, this lecture proposes an understanding of Revelation neither as prediction nor as theological statement, but rather as a felt and fantasized response to Roman power as imagined by everyday people in the Roman provinces – those who had little actual contact with Roman rulers and administration. What then might Revelation’s fantasies of power and destruction express for its first century readers? What changes when we read early Christian literature as an “archive of feelings” rather than straightforward theological or doctrinal statements? And what do feelings and fantasies have to do with the writing of history?

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