Wet Bible: Stor(y)ing Jonah with Sia Figiel

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After Jonah delivered God’s words to Nineveh, God ignored him. The character who was pushed to speak is literarily silenced; the one sent to fai lauga (preach, complain) does not get the audience he demanded; the subaltern who speaks is not heard. God preferred that Jonah is fakalongo (silenced). This paper draws upon the attention to speaking and listening in Sia Figiel’s novels to fakaongo (hear) Jonah together with the natives in the biblical world—the Ninevites and the sailors.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSea of readings
Subtitle of host publicationThe Bible in the South Pacific
EditorsJione Havea
Place of PublicationAtlanta
PublisherSociety of Biblical Literature
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9780884142775
ISBN (Print)9781628372021, 9780884142782
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameSemeia Studies
PublisherSBL Press

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