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A Culture of Recycling / Recycling Culture?


Edited By Wojciech Kalaga, Marzena Kubisz and Jacek Mydla

The purpose of this volume is to address the notion of cultural recycling by assessing its applicability to various modes of cultural and theoretical discourse. The word «recycling» is here used collectively to denote phenomena such as cyclicity, repetition, recurrence, renewal, reuse, reproduction, etc., which seem to be inalienable from basic cultural processes. Part of our purpose in proposing this theme is a desire to trace, confront, interrogate, and theorise the surviving phantoms of newness and paradigms of creativity or dreams of originality, and to consider the need, a necessity perhaps, to overcome or sustain them, and, further, to estimate the possibility of cultural survival if it turns out, as it may, that culture is forever to remain an endless recurrence of the same.


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PART II BETWEEN HISTORY AND RELIGION Aleksander Gomola Does the Bible Say What It Says? “The Circular Dance” of Feminist Biblical Interpretation Traditional and modern strategies of reading the Bible The Bible, given its religious role and cultural status in the Western world, occupies an important place in hermeneutics. Read, interpreted, and translated even by non-believers,1 the biblical text has been approached for thousands of years from practically every philosophical perspective within and without the community of Christians. Most interpretations have aimed at supporting and justifying the cultural, social or political status quo or a vision of the world; quite a few interpretations have used the Bible as a springboard to promote new ideas and new solutions to social or political problems. The former comprise biblical interpretations that helped to sustain slavery or a pre-Copernican vision of the universe in the past or creationist beliefs today; the latter comprise sola scriptura approach adopted by Luther or, to use a modern example, views proposed by modern feminist theology. Biblical interpretation proposed by feminist theology may be an interesting object of hermeneutical study for a few reasons. Firstly, it may be seen as an attempt at adapting a seemingly totally inappropriate text to the specific needs and views of feminist theology; secondly it illustrates the interplay of ideas not necessarily in harmony in Christianity; thirdly, one may perceive it as a more or less successful solution to problems of the Christian community in the modern world. There is no such a...

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