Fictional Transfigurations of Jesus

By Theodore Ziolkowski

Fictional Transfigurations of Jesus

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  • ISBN: 9781579109318
  • Pages: 326
  • Publication Date: 4/12/2002
  • Retail Price: $33.00
Web Price: $26.40
Web Price: $26.40

Fictional Transfigurations of Jesus

By Theodore Ziolkowski

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781579109318
  • Pages: 326
  • Publication Date: 4/12/2002
  • Retail Price: $33.00
Web Price: $26.40

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Many novels revolve round the figure of Jesus. Some of the finest of them are defined by Ziolkowski as fictional transfigurations of Jesus. They share a modern hero patterned on Jesus the culture-hero, whose life consisted of the motifs of the last supper, lonely agony, betrayal, trial, and crucifixion.

The aesthetic challenge of adapting this most familiar story for their generation has attracted an unusual number of great writers, among them Papini, Kazantzakis, Hesse, Mann, Greene, Faulkner, and Gore Vidal. The form began with the new image of a humanized Jesus which developed in the 19th century. The interest in religious paranoia and hysteria at the turn of the century instantly expanded its potentialities as novelists began to explore the theme of christomania. This was followed by studies of Jesus as a mythic figure and then Marxist-oriented portraits of Comrade Jesus. Finally the form became inverted into parody in the Fifth Gospels in which not Jesus, but Judas, is the central figure.

Contributors-

Theodore Ziolkowski

Bio(s)-

Theodore Ziolkowski is Class of 1900 Professor of German and Comparative Literature at Princeton University and is the author of many books, including Virgil and the Moderns, The View from the Tower, and The Mirror of Justice, which received Phi Beta Kappa's Christian Gauss Award.

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