Confessions'bliss: Postmodern criticism as a palimpsest of Augustine's confessions

Heythrop Journal 36 (1):30–45 (1995)
This paper reads through some contemporary literary critical problems and theorizing about textuality to Augustine's Confessions, to the enrichment, if not the ecstasy of both contemporary and medieval thinking. It shows that Augustine is both aware of much that passes as new in theorizing about language, and that his text is argumentatively and rhetorically structured to set difference at play. Like Augustine's writing, this article is a performance piece: besides arguing, it acknowledges; beside demonstration, it questions; besides telling, it shows; it would not be called a study of textuality in Augustine, but a performance of textuality with (in) Augustine.
Keywords Augustine's Confessions  literary theory  post-modernism
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DOI 10.1111/j.1468-2265.1995.tb00975.x
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