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Refiguration: Transforming the reader

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The narrative world projects ethical possibilities that can transform the experience of the readers of the text. This chapter deals with the horizon of the reader. First, it discusses the way Ricoeur relates the action of refiguration with the act of reading. For refiguration to take place, the effect of the text on the reader must be considered. This effect can be individual or collective. The chapter describes the effect of Exod 4:18 26 as an individual reader of the text, but as part of a projected reading public, the Filipino migrant community. It also deals with the effect of the text on actual reading publics of the past, that of various Jewish and Christian communities in the first millennium. The author puts his reading as a temporary Filipino migrant in interaction with the reading of Jewish and Christian communities, and suggests ways these readings may inform each other.

Keywords: Christian communities; Filipino migrant community; Jewish communities; narrative world; reader; refiguration; Ricoeur



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