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Bibil Identifier bibil:221117
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) 'Flowing Myrrh upon the Handles of the Bolt': Bodily Border, Social Norms and their Transgression in the Song of Songs
Author Almog, Yael
Journal Biblical Interpretation (Volume: 18, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Language English
Pages 251-263 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article presents a feminist approach to the Song of Songs that widely relies on Judith Butler's performative gender theory. It opens with a close reading of the appearances of the human body in the Song, showing that abundance of references to liquids in the biblical text carry strong allusions to body fluids. The article subsequently discusses the possibility of observing these references via a contemporary approach which views the human body's coherent form as a social construct, referring to Butler's reading of Mary Douglas's Purity and Danger. The article shows that through Butler's gender theory, one detects the connection between the fluidity of the corporeal borders in the Song, and the protagonists' exceptional gender behaviour.
DOI 10.1163/156851510X498223
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Writings : Megilloth : Song of Songs / Song of Solomon / Canticles
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Gender Studies
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