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What Is Asian American Biblical Hermeneutics? Reading the New Testament$
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Tat-siong Benny Liew

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780824831622

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824831622.001.0001

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Immigrants and Intertexts

Immigrants and Intertexts

Biblical In(ter)ventions in Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s Dictee

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(p.115) Chapter 7 Immigrants and Intertexts
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What Is Asian American Biblical Hermeneutics? Reading the New Testament
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Tat-siong Benny Liew

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824831622.003.0007

This chapter focuses on Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s Dictee (1995) and its use of biblical language or biblical intertexts. It argues that the novel’s multi-multiplicities—its language (heteroglossia), postmodern tendencies, and hypertextual sensibilities—are manifestations of a radical intertextuality; and that the Bible functions precisely as one irreducible intertext to accomplish Cha’s simultaneous protest against colonial, patriarchal, racial, religious, and cultural oppression. One must remember that the Bible is a main part of all these discourses, and particularly so in the United States, where biblical rhetoric has been absorbed into a nationalist one. The chapter puts forward a certain relevance that intertexts may carry for immigrants in light of Cha’s Dictee.

Keywords:   Dictee, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, biblical intertexts, Bible, heteroglossia, postmodernism, hypertextual sensibilities, biblical language

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