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Annunciations to Anyone

The Disclosure of Authority in Writing and Painting

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Prof. John W. Erwin

This provocative, wide-ranging study focuses on parodies of Scripture with which Michelangelo and Shakespeare, Proust, Joyce and Picasso responded to two moments of ideological controversy and technological revolution: the Protestant Reformation and the early twentieth century. It calls for a revision of contemporary critical theory modelled upon the challenges which these passionate deconstructions of verbal and visual performance launch at both orthodoxy and iconoclasm of any period.