Post coïtum triste: Le désir, l'imaginaire et la transgression dans le Midrash. Chapitre d'anthropologie Talmudique

Translated title of the contribution: Post coitum triste: Desire, imagination and transgression in Midrash: A Chapter of Talmudic anthropology

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Abstract

Dan JAFFÉ analyses an Aggadic text from the Babylonian Talmud (Qidushin 81b). The interpretative tools are both innovative and interdisciplinary. They combine textual, hermeneutical, psychoanalytic and anthropologic approaches. This midrashic passage relates the notions of desire and transgression in the imagination of its central character, Rav Hiya bar Ashi, who spurns his wife's advances yet falls for the pretty face of a prostitute - who is no one else but his own wife dressed as a courtesan. The main proposal of this essay is to construe the object of temptation in the light of the very nature of the prohibition. The Talmudic narrative presents Rav Hiya bar Ashi as the typical model of sinning through sexual attraction and the imaginary transgression gives the tale its tragic feature while questioning the story's issue.

Translated title of the contributionPost coitum triste: Desire, imagination and transgression in Midrash: A Chapter of Talmudic anthropology
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)201-219+295-296
JournalEtudes Theologiques et Religieuses
Volume85
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010

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