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Published: 21 December 2010

200 Pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780199754519

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Desiring Conversion

Hermas, Thecla, Aseneth

B. Diane Lipsett

  • An insightful contribution to literary understandings of the phenomenon of conversion.
  • Instead of treating self-mastery in opposition to erotic desire, traces complex interrelations among desire, restraint, and conversion in three ancient Christian/ Jewish narratives.
  • Theoretically versatile, drawing flexibly on views of desire, restraint, gender, and identity from Foucault, psychoanalytic theorists, and the ancient literary critic Longinus.