• Seeing is Feeling: Revelation's Enthroned lamb and Ancient Visual Affects

    Author(s):
    Maia Kotrosits (see profile)
    Date:
    2014
    Group(s):
    Biblical Studies
    Subject(s):
    Apocalyptic Literature, Biblical studies, Early Christianity, Revelation, Theories of affect
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M64Z82
    Abstract:
    Most scholarship of the last few decades on the book of Revelation has focused on its colonial conditions and heated, even forceful, political engagement, making conflicting conclusions about to what extent it “reproduces” or “resists” imperial ideology. Of particular focus has been the striking image of the lamb on the throne, an image that ambiguously imparts both conquest and victimhood. This essay builds on and steps to the side of this work by addressing the image of the lamb on the throne as an expressive and emotionally, rather than ideologically, ambivalent image. Placing this image alongside other affectively rich spectacles in Revelation’s context, I suggest that the enthroned lamb gives voice to conflicted feelings about imperial life: attachment and loss, extravagant dreams of sovereignty and victory, as well as the painful realities of vulnerability and subjection, all in complex inter-implication.
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