publication . Article . 2021

“Look at What They’ve Turned Us Into”: Reading the Story of Lot’s Daughters with Trauma Theory and The Handmaid’s Tale

Cobb Kirsi;
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  • Published: 01 Jun 2021 Journal: Open Theology, volume 7, pages 208-223 (eissn: 2300-6579, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH
Abstract
Abstract The story of Lot’s daughters’ incest with their father in Genesis 19:30–38 has been variously understood as a myth, a trickster tale, and an androcentric phantasy. In this paper, I will use insights gained from trauma theory, as well as from the characters of Emily and Moira in the Hulu adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, to evaluate the daughters’ actions. Studying the characters in the final form of the text, the women undergo traumatic experiences as their father offers their bodies to be raped (Gen. 19:7–8) and they witness the destruction of their home (Gen. 19:24–25). Consequently, they engage in what could be described as a traum...
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free text keywords: Religious studies, lot’s daughters, hebrew bible, trauma theory, re-enactment, revenge, traumatic amnesia, insidious trauma, Religion (General), BL1-50
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