Three Faces of Saul is a fascinating intertextual study of the classic biblical tragedy of Saul, the first king of Israel, as first narrated in biblical narrative and later reworked in Lamartine’s drama Saul: Tragédie and Thomas Hardy’s novel The Mayor of Casterbridge. Plot and characterization are each explored in detail, and in each of the narrations the hero’s tragic fate emerges both as the result of a character flaw and also as a consequence of the ambivalent role of the deity, showing a double theme underlying not only the biblical vision but also its two very different retellings nearer to our own times.
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- Explores plot and characterization of the biblical tragedy of Saul
- Brief overview of literary theory
- Outlines the main areas of literary criticism
- Title: Three Faces of Saul: An Intertextual Approach to Biblical Tragedy
- Author: Sarah L. Nicholson
- Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press
- Publication Date: 2002
- Pages: 278
About Sarah L. Nicholson
Sarah L. Nicholson is a lecturer in the department of theology and religious studies at the University of Glasgow.