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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

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

Tat-siong Benny Liew

University of Hawai'i Press

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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