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Loving Yusuf: Conceptual Travels from Present to Past

Mieke Bal


When the author of this book reread the story of Joseph and Potiphar's wife as an adult, she was struck by differences between her childhood memories of a moral tale and what she read today. This book seeks to resolve this clash between memory and text, using the same story, in which Joseph spurns the advance of his master's wife who then falsely accuses him of rape, as her point of departure. The book juxtaposes the Genesis tale to the rather different version told in the Qur'an and the depictions of it by Rembrandt, and explores how Thomas Mann's great retelling in Joseph and His Brothers re ... More

Keywords: Joseph, Potiphar, wife, childhood memories, moral tale, rape, Genesis, Qur'an, Rembrandt, Thomas Mann

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780226035864
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226035888.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mieke Bal, author