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Desiring ConversionHermas, Thecla, Aseneth$
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B. Diane Lipsett

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199754519

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199754519.001.0001

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The Narrativity of Desire, Restraint, and Conversion

(p.123) Five Conclusion
Desiring Conversion

B. Diane Lipsett

Oxford University Press

The conclusion compares concisely how the different narrative textures and particularities of the tales of Hermas, Thecla, and Aseneth generate discrete representations of conversion. It also offers a compressed summary of some of the gender-laden elements in these conversion stories: virginity, celibacy, masculinity, self-mastery and desire. Each story offers a distinctive development of the thematic of desire, restraint, and conversion.

Keywords:   Hermas, Thecla, Aseneth, desire, restraint, narrative texture, conversion

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