• The Haunting of Jesus: Reading Mark through the Gothic Mode

    Author(s):
    Journal for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies (view group) , Tom de Bruin
    Date:
    2021
    Subject(s):
    Arts, Gothic, Bible. Mark
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Hauntology, spirits, insanity, Gothic, Gospel of Mark
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/8vgs-fe36
    Abstract:
    Spirits and the associated messianic secret play a central role in the Gospel of Mark. In this article I present a Gothic reading of the gospel. In the beginning of Mark, Jesus is driven by a spirit into the wilderness. In this Gothic, liminal space—filled with beasts, demons, and angels—he battles and overcomes the forces of darkness. Yet evil powers continue to make their presence felt in the rest of the narrative. Gothic literary criticism provides a fruitful domain in which to explore the way the spirits haunt Jesus. Utilising the concept of hauntology, I examine the interplay between Jesus and those that haunt him: the demons and his messianic secret. Gothic theory and hauntology elucidate the dark side to the good news Jesus preaches, demonstrating how Jesus and his good news haunt his followers and Mark himself.
    Notes:
    Tom de Bruin, "The Haunting of Jesus: Reading Mark through the Gothic Mode," Journal for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies 3.2 (2021): 63-86.
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