Olga V. Solovieva's book is an exemplary interdisciplinary approach to the concept of “the body of Christ.” She investigates how “the body of Christ” functions culturally, religiously, and literarily in various historical contexts.

Solovieva's thesis is clearly stated:

“What the book offers is rather an investigation into the topos of Christ's body and the very specific rhetorical and epistemological functions that this religious notion has the potential to occupy when removed from the immediate context of ritual worship or theology and used in areas where it is least expected: in conceptualizations of the power of the state, or the materiality of a book, or the virtual space of a novel of consciousness, or in cinematic apparatus, or in a business corporation, to name just a few of its possible protean transformations” (p. 5).

What then is implied by the book's title: “Christ's Subversive Body”? Solovieva concludes that the Apostle Paul's...

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