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The Genesis of Secrecy

On the Interpretation of Narrative

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$35.00 • £28.95 • €31.50

ISBN 9780674345355

Publication Date: 10/15/1980


Of all his books, [this is] the one that sheds the fullest light on his critical ideals and philosophy, and was also the most ambitious and controversial… Kermode’s insight was that interpretation is always a way of telling a new story. The comparison of secular and sacred interpretation of narrative was shocking to many… The importance of The Genesis of Secrecy is that it expresses Kermode’s profound distrust of any system of reading that is coercive.—Charles Rosen, The New York Review of Books

The Genesis of Secrecy is important partly because of its method and partly because of its subject matter. The texts Kermode uses to illustrate ‘the interpretation of narrative’ are the most familiar and important in Western civilization: The Gospels, according to Mark, Matthew, Luke, and John. And the method is a disarming and delicate blend of the best work done recently in narrative theory by semiotic and post-structuralist critics, fortified by an impressive but unobtrusive acquaintance with biblical scholarship and hermeneutics.The Washington Post Book World

The thesis is well wrought, the scholarship varied and well-distributed, and the examples clear and deft.Kirkus Reviews

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