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Male Confessions: Intimate Revelations and the Religious Imagination

Bjorn Krondorfer


This book examines how men open their intimate lives and thoughts to the public through confessional writing. It examines writings—by St. Augustine, a Jewish ghetto policeman, an imprisoned Nazi perpetrator, and a gay American theologian—that reflect sincere attempts at introspective and retrospective self-investigation, often triggered by some wounding or rupture and followed by a transformative experience. The book takes seriously the vulnerability exposed in male self-disclosure while offering a critique of the religious and gendered rhetoric employed in such discourse. The religious imagin ... More

Keywords: confessions, confessional writing, self-investigation, self-disclosure, religious imagination, judgment, self-imprisonment, revelations, intimate lives, vulnerability

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780804768993
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804768993.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bjorn Krondorfer, author