Original Research - Special Collection: Septuagint SA

Naming the nameless woman of Jerome’s Vita Malchi

Susan L. Haskins, Jacobus P.K. Kritzinger
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 74, No 3 | a5006 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v74i3.5006 | © 2018 Koos Kritzinger, Susan Haskins | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 04 April 2018 | Published: 12 November 2018

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Susan L. Haskins, Department of Ancient and Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Jacobus P.K. Kritzinger, Department of Ancient and Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

One of the common methods for side-lining women in literature is to leave them nameless. This is the case with the woman in Jerome’s Vita Malchi. However, this woman is also vital to the narrative and the progression of the title character, Malchus. The aim of this study was to assist in giving this important character an identity by examining the many ways in which she is actually named, firstly in terms of the roles assigned to her, and then in terms of the associations that can be made between her and other people and characters from Jerome’s experience. Using a variety of literary techniques, including close-text, intra- and intertextual readings, it was possible to make many such identifications, turning the nameless woman into the nameful woman.

Keywords

Jerome; Vita Malchi; nameless woman; identity; female roles; associations with women; Malchus

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