Speaking the Despicable: Blasphemy in Literature

Andreea Tereza Nitisor


This article examines the controversial issue of blasphemy in literature from the viewpoint of reception inside and outside the academia. The thesis of the article is that blasphemy in literature, though inherently related to religion and language, has a plurality of connotations and interpretations (dissidence, intertextuality, critique of colonialism, discursive strategy, alterity/Otherness, ethnicity, subversive text). Consequently, blasphemy in literature is an incentive for fruitful discussions regarding tolerance, freedom of expression, and the re-situation of the (post)modern self in today s world, dominated by an uncanny admixture of secular and religious values.


blasphemy, literature, freedom of expression, secularism, postmodernism, subversive narratives

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