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Carnal Hermeneutics$
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Richard Kearney and Brian Treanor

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823265886

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823265886.001.0001

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Refiguring Wounds in the Afterlife (of Trauma)

Refiguring Wounds in the Afterlife (of Trauma)

(p.263) Refiguring Wounds in the Afterlife (of Trauma)
Carnal Hermeneutics

Shelly Rambo

Fordham University Press

This chapter rethinks the notion of the “invisible wound” and the scar in a manner that draws on all the senses rather than privileging sight. The author focuses on the “afterlife” of wounds—the wounds of resurrection—in the life and death of Macrina, sister to Gregory the Great. The story of Macrina’s scar is a multi-sensory, carnal account that complicates accounts of wounding, gender politics, trauma studies, and life itself. Here the mother-daughter-maidservant relationships take priority over the male vision, and traditional accounts of resurrection are rethought in terms of the healing aspects of touch.

Keywords:   Macrina, Touch, Wounds, Trauma, Resurrection, Healing, Scars

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