Auerbach’s approach to understanding scripture
Issue 09 — Spring 2022 — Session 06 —
By Jesús R. Velasco
| Published on February 25, 2022
It is always a difficult business to engage with any text that somehow reveals another text. Or with a text that becomes revealed by other texts. Texts that not only evoke other texts, but also transform or are transformed by these other texts. Memory of something is not always a mere memory or a cross reference, but rather a fracture in history.
Erich Auerbach’s take on the study of the figura is not independent from the historical moment of anti-Judaism he was living in. We shall read the article with an eye to one question: how the theory and practice of figura as a microliterary epistemological and creative device activates political questions and legal problems.