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The Will of the Fathers

Jenny Diski: Abraham, 10 December 1998

Abraham on Trial: The Social Legacy of the Biblical Myth 
by Carol Delaney.
Princeton, 333 pp., £19.95, December 1998, 0 691 05985 3
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... cats and dogs for you. On the other hand, you can choose not to have a cat or dog, whereas, says Carol Delaney, Genesis we’re lumbered with, deep in our psyche and social structure. Therefore we need ‘a new moral vision, a new myth to live by’. (This is to accept that we are helpless victims rather than interpreters of myth, and that our ...


Zoë Heller, 7 March 1996

Off with Her Head! The Denial of Women’s Identity in Myth, Religion and Culture 
edited by Wendy Doniger and Howard Eilberg-Schwartz.
California, 236 pp., £32, October 1995, 0 520 08839 5
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Hair Style 
by Amy Fine Collins.
Prion, 160 pp., £40, November 1995, 1 85375 200 2
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... implicating themselves ‘in a system that conceals, derides and silences them’. Similarly, when Carol Delaney, author of ‘Untangling the Meanings of Hair in Turkish Society’, describes the braiding ritual that a Turkish bride must undergo before getting married, she portrays it as a lugubrious ‘ordeal’ far the bride, an event symbolising the ...

The Last Witness

Colm Tóibín: The career of James Baldwin, 20 September 2001

... up as one went along.’ He invented two role models for himself. One was the painter Beauford Delaney, whom he first visited in his studio in Greenwich Village when he was 16 and still a child preacher. ‘Beauford was the first walking, living proof, for me, that a black man could be an artist.’ Four years later, Baldwin met Richard Wright, who was 16 ...

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