Deposit‘The Selfish Giant’: A Study of Christian Selfishness

‘The Selfish Giant’ by Oscar Wilde has a history rooted in Christianity. There are ample journals, books, and even some occasional movies that demonstrate Wilde’s work as a Christian allegory. In a Christian analysis, the giant is seen as either St. Christopher or an unknown man whereas the child who cries is the Christ child. A Christian reading often incorporates redemption and symbolism, such as the tree the giant wishes to put the child on is a reflection of the True Cross. Nevertheless, there is a problem with most of the Christian analyses currently developed from the story. This paper explores the Christian analysis offered by recent critics and examines how Wilde demonstrates not the usual ‘Christian values’ but that of the reflected Christian self.


Slavoj Žižek’s enthusiastic endorsement of the Christian legacy as the only hope for the future of radical politics has, unsurprisingly, made him popular amongst many Christians and theologians in recent years. This article explores the underlying logic of Žižek’s celebration of the Christian legacy, arguing that his dual celebration of the Christian and European legacies not only reveals the entanglement of his argument with the white supremacist logic of Christian superiority but begins to expose the ways in which Žižek’s focus on Christian Europe is inconsistent with his own fundamental ontological claims.

MemberChristian Reinboth

I am a computer scientist currently working as a research funding manager at Harz University in Wernigerode, Germany, where I am also teaching Statistics as an associate lecturer. Beyond that, I am a senior photonics researcher at HarzOptics GmbH, a research institute affiliated with Harz University. In my spare time, I am enrolled as a distance education student at Hagen University, where I am studying Environmental Sciences towards an M.Sc. My special area of interest is light pollution.