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Italian Language and Literature

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Dialogic Faiths: Multi-Genre Expression In Religious Narrative, Rosemary L. Demos Sep 2016

Dialogic Faiths: Multi-Genre Expression In Religious Narrative, Rosemary L. Demos

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As persuasive or expository texts, religious conversion narratives tend towards monologic language, and texts that advocate one particular creed or institution often reflect the unity of faith through linguistically totalizing methods. This study, however, examines the dialogic interactions found in certain religious narratives. The texts included in this analysis recount unusual conversion outcomes: not to formally established church institutions, but rather to a heightened religious experience and in some cases a call to leadership in establishing new social orders. In these texts, the dynamic between personal and communal religious experience is tense, sometimes precarious; the difficulties of engaging in social ...