Drunk and Disorderly: A Bakhtinian Reading of the Banquet Scenes in the Book of Esther

Drunk and Disorderly: A Bakhtinian Reading of the Banquet Scenes in the Book of Esther

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This dissertation advocates a reading of the book of Esther through the lens of Mikhail Bakhtin's literary concepts dialogism, chronotope, and carnival. The specific focus of the dialogical interactions in the book of Esther is the banquet scenes. The term appears 24 times in the book of Esther and only 26 times in the rest of the Hebrew Bible. Because nearly half of the occurrences of the term appear in the book of Esther, this frequency demands greater examination. The project analyzes each of the ten banquet scenes and suggests they function like characters that dialogue. Biblical scholars have examined the role of carnival as it relates to the book of Esther, but they have not explored the specific role of banquet scenes as participants in the narrative's dialogic conversation and in particular the implications of being Judahite in the Diaspora.a banquet in Esthera#39;s honor (2:18). Haman and Ahasuerus enjoy a banquet together after the king signs Hamana#39;s decree to annihilate the Jews (3:15). Esther hosts banquets six (5:4-8) and seven (7:1-9) inviting both the king and Haman, andanbsp;...


Title:Drunk and Disorderly: A Bakhtinian Reading of the Banquet Scenes in the Book of Esther
Author: Trisha M. Gambaiana Wheelock
Publisher:ProQuest - 2008
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