The Suffering Self: Pain and Narrative Representation in the Early Christian Era

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Psychology Press, 1995 - Religion - 254 pages
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Explores how Christian narrative representation in the early Empire worked to create a new kind of human self-understanding - the self as sufferer - and why forms of suffering such as martyrdom and self-mutilation were so important.The Suffering Self is a ground-breaking, interdisciplinary study of the spread of Christianity across the Roman empire. Judith Perkins shows how Christian narrative representation in the early empire worked to create a new kind of human self-understanding - the perception of the self as sufferer. Drawing on feminist and social theory, she addresses the question of why forms of suffering like martyrdom and self-mutilation were so important to early Christians.This study crosses the boundaries between ancient history and the study of early Christianity, seeing Christian representation in the context of the Greco-Roman world. She draws parallels with suffering heroines in Greek novels and in martyr acts and examines representations in medical and philosophical texts.Judith Perkins' controversial study is important reading for all those interested in ancient society, or in the history 'f Christianity.

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Contents

DEATH AS A HAPPY ENDING
15
MARRIAGES AS HAPPY ENDINGS
41
PAIN WITHOUT EFFECT
77
SUFFERING AND POWER
104
The Acts of Peter
124
THE SICK SELF
142
IDEOLOGY NOT PATHOLOGY
173
The Community of Sufferers
200
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Judith Perkins is Professor of Classics and Humanities at Saint Joseph College, West Hartford, Connecticut.

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