The Power of Point of View

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(quarter)YEAR in REVIEW. . .and a look ahead to a New Year of Perspective Criticism – GARY YAMASAKI

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January 2, 2013

This blog was launched three months ago, and from the beginning, it has been intended as a site for the collective development of biblical scholarship. Specifically, it exists as a venue for dialogue on the interpretive significance of the point-of-view crafting in biblical narratives. So, week after week, ideas on this topic have been posted… Read More ›

Point-of-view crafting as the engine that drives “Anti-Hero” movies – GARY YAMASAKI

The genre of “anti-hero” films is especially relevant in a discussion of point-of-view dynamics. In fact, the very nature of an anti-hero movie is totally dependent on the workings of point of view. With movies of this genre, the protagonist is given characteristics not ordinarily associated with heroes, but with villains, a characterization that would… Read More ›

Who says, “You have to be objective”? Not biblical storytellers! – GARY YAMASAKI

The posts to this point have set out some of the basics of point-of-view analysis, but they have not addressed the “So what?” question. Sure, it may be that the point-of-view crafting of a certain text is leading the readers to view the action from this angle as opposed to that angle, but does this… Read More ›

What Luke 24:51 is NOT trying to depict – GARY YAMASAKI

Is it really true that biblical storytellers are able to manipulate point-of-view devices in a text to control even the angle from which their readers view a given scene in their mind’s eye? This is a claim made near the end of the post entitled “‘Perspective Criticism: Everything you never realized you wanted to know… Read More ›

‘Perspective Criticism’: Everything you never realized you wanted to know about ‘Point of View’ – GARY YAMASAKI

“Point of view” has been the forgotten child in the study of biblical narratives. “Plot” and “character”—its more popular siblings—have found eager adoptive parents among biblical scholars looking to the study of the modern novel for insights into how biblical stories might be analyzed. While point of view has received many looks from these would-be… Read More ›