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The Right To Write: Power, Irony, And Identity In The Book Of Esther

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This chapter explores the carnivalesque elements of the book of Esther from a feminist perspective, utilizing both structuralist and post-structuralist methodologies. Its purpose is to draw out and mark the networks of power which constitute the intertextual structures in which identity and authority are constructed and reconstructed within the text. Vashti's refusal to present herself at the king's feast is brought to narrative resolution through the throwing of yet another party for his officials and servants to celebrate the selection of Esther as queen - and this one was "Esther's banquet". Jopie Siebert-Hommes undertakes a sustained analysis of clothing and ornamentation to show how this too structurally encodes the shifts of power and influence in the text.

Keywords: Esther's banquet; Vashti



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