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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Han, Chul Heum
Author's Email Address chul.h.han@vanderbilt.edu
URN etd-07182014-100433
Title Suffering and Resistance in the Apocalypse: A Cultural Studies Approach to Apocalyptic Crisis
Degree PhD
Department Religion
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Fernando F. Segovia Committee Chair
Daniel Patte Committee Member
Herbert Marbury Committee Member
Paul Lim Committee Member
  • Resistance Hermeneutics
  • Postcolonialism
  • Ideological Criticism
  • Anthropodicy
  • Violence
  • Justice
Date of Defense 2014-04-21
Availability unrestricted
The principal objective of this dissertation is to read the Apocalypse as resistance literature in the interest of suffering readers through the construction of a new hermeneutic of liberation. I suggest a cultural studies reading of the Apocalypse that foregrounds the theme of justice by reconstructing an apocalyptic vision of utopia inscribed in the text, in such a way as to highlight the contextual concerns of the suffering reader. In so doing, the present study undermines previous readings that may end up maintaining the status quo of injustice insofar as they foreground an ethic of peace at the expense of justice. In reading the Apocalypse as envisioning the resolution of apocalyptic crisis by means of human agency as well as divine intervention, this study highlights human resistance in terms of both thought and action in social as well as religious dimensions of human relations. The contribution of this work to Revelation Studies lies in reclaiming the Christian apocalypse as a helpful text that not only encourages suffering readers to endure in the hope of God¡¯s future salvation but also empowers them to actively resist against unwarranted suffering via a variety of resistance strategies that subsume more assertive ways than in previous scholarship.
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