Overthrowing Nineveh: Revisiting the city with postcolonial imagination

Rebecca Lindsay


This article brings Kwok Pui-Lan’s postcolonial imagination to the blurred boundaries of the Book of Jonah. Identifying Nineveh as a marginalised character, we read with Nineveh, to see that the characteristics of the text do not align neatly with many of the assumptions brought to bear on Nineveh’s identity. Fixed identity is problematized, as are the dichotomies between centre and periphery, good and evil. Seeking the gaps and fractures opens up new interpretive possibilities in the continuing dialogue of the Jonah story.


Jonah; Kwok Pui-Lan; Ninveh; postcolonial imagination

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Bible and Critical Theory: ISSN 1832-3391