Textual male intimacy and the religious imagination: Men giving testimony to themselves

Bjrn Krondorfer

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This essay contributes to the field of critical mens studies in religion. It investigates how men negotiate intimacies in confessional writings, and how the religious imaginary is called upon to do so. In written confessions, male confessants open their innermost selves to the public gaze. As public testimony, these confessional writings seduce the reader to believe in the truth of what is revealed. But are these writing as revealing as they claim I will sketch three exemplary issues more broadly relevant to a gender analysis of male (religious) texts. These three issues emerge from a close reading of Augustines Confessions and of the lesser-known deathbed confession of a Jewish ghetto policeman, who perished during the Holocaust; they concern the following questions: first, do men in particular avail themselves of the opportunities that written confessions offer Second, do male confessants affirm their subjectivity while simultaneously eluding moral agency Third, do male narrators displace the intimate (female) 'other' in their confessional texts

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)265-279
Number of pages15
JournalLiterature and Theology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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