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A Shaken Bible
‘We wait for lite, but behold obscurity, look for britenes, but we walk in darknes.’ A tapestry of quotations from the King James Bible, William Blake, Gilgamesh and the works of seventeenth century Ranter Abiezer Coppe interwoven and translated into Yorkshire dialect, A Shaken Bible revives familiar passages by setting them in playful dialogue with each other. It demonstrates how the scriptures are the fragmented collages they always were and collapses the Alpha and Omega into a Bible of what Gillian Rose termed the ‘broken middle’. Steven Hanson defies academic and theological traditions while retaining a strong core of theory, creating a unique blend of classics, criticism, and creative writing.
"Pocket-sized, like a holy hand grenade, and packed with enough tight prose to keep a confirmed atheist hooked."
-- Joe Darlington
"... a feast of rich, re-worked, largely seventeenth century English. One might enjoy it simply for the sheer surface sumptuousness of the language, to be dipped into... In its curious, eloquently frustrating, and uncanny way I guess that, to those who have ears to hear, it speaks significant truth."
-- Canon Emeritus, Andrew Shanks
Beyond Criticism Editions is the reincarnation of the Beyond Criticism book series, originally published by Bloomsbury and now part of Boiler House Press' own experiments with the radical new forms that literary criticism might take in the 21st century.
The series launched across June 2021 with a set of four books, including other new works by Robert Crawford, and Ansgar Allen, as well as a new edition of the brilliant but until now out-of-print "Macbeth, Macbeth" by Ewan Fernie and Simon Palfrey...