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Author Dawson, David, author

Title Flesh becomes word : a lexicography of the scapegoat or, the history of an idea / David Dawson
Published East Lansing : Michigan State University Press, [2013]


Description 1 online resource (xix, 200 pages)
Series Studies in violence, mimesis, and culture series
Studies in violence, mimesis, and culture.
Contents Rites of Riddance and Substitution -- Ancient Types and Soteriologies -- The Sulfurous and Sublime -- Economies of Blood -- The Damnation of Christ's Soul -- Anthropologies of the Scapegoat -- The Goat and the Idol -- A Figure in Flux -- Early Modern Texts of Persecution -- A Latent History of the Modern World -- Conclusion : The Plowbeam and the Loom -- Appendix : Katharma and Peripsēma Testimonia
Summary Though its coinage can be traced back to a sixteenth-century translation of Leviticus, the term "scapegoat" has enjoyed a long and varied history of both scholarly and everyday uses. While William Tyndale employed it to describe one of two goats chosen by lot to escape the Day of Atonement sacrifices with its life, the expression was soon far more widely used to name victims of false accusation and unwarranted punishment. As such, the scapegoat figures prominently in contemporary theories of violence, from its elevation by Frazer to a ritual category in his ethnological opus The Golden Bough to its pivotal roles in projects as seemingly at odds as Jacques Derrida's deconstruction of Western metaphysics and Ren Girard's theory of cultural origins. This book follows the scapegoat from its origins in Mesopotamian ritual across centuries of typological reflection on the meaning of Jesus' death, to its first informal uses in the pornographic and plague literature of the 1600s, and finally into the modern era, where the word takes recognizable shape in the context of the New English Quaker persecution and proto-feminist diatribe at the close of the seventeenth century. The historical circumstances of its lexical formation prove rich in implications for theories of the scapegoat and the making of the modern world alike
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Subject Scapegoat (The English word)
English language -- Etymology.
English language -- Religious aspects.
Scapegoat in literature.
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES -- Linguistics -- Etymology.
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES -- Linguistics -- General.
English language -- Etymology
English language -- Religious aspects
Scapegoat in literature
Scapegoat (The English word)
Syndabockar i litteraturen.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781628960754