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Graven Images and the (Re)presentation of Amish Trauma
Mennonite Quarterly Review (1998)
  • Daniel Lehman, Ashland University
Two recent narratives about crime and trauma in Amish communities provide the occasion to think about what authors and readers mean when they create and consume texts variously as fact or fiction. When writers depict events that also have form outside the text, readers inevitably measure that text—whether classified as fiction or nonfiction—against what they know of the same lives and events in history. In this way of reading, truth—while perhaps never quite certain—always matters. Concentrating on several texts that particularly concern Anabaptist communities, and grounding the discussion in religious convictions (for example, the prohibition of oaths and/or photographs) that have affected our thinking about truth and representation, can show how the notion of "implication" can provoke careful attention to the ethical and interactive dimensions of writing and reading historically based narrative.  
  • Mass Media in Religion,
  • Crime and Criminals
Publication Date
October, 1998
Citation Information
Daniel Lehman. "Graven Images and the (Re)presentation of Amish Trauma" Mennonite Quarterly Review Vol. 72 Iss. 4 (1998)
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