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Bibil Identifier bibil:223238
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Lattice and the Looking Glass: Gendered Space in Song of Songs 2:8–14
Author Meredith, Christopher
Journal Journal of the American Academy of Religion (Volume: 80, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 365-386 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article examines the construction of space and gender in the biblical Song of Songs, considering the connections that exist between spatial configuration, perception, and power in the poem. Can the obvious dyad of male/female hold, or do we see the thresholds between spatial and gendered categories breaking down in the biblical text? And, moreover, is using theory to trumpet the dissolution of categories itself too simple an approach to literary spatiality and gendered identity? I argue that the social construction of space is not restricted to the making of “real” worlds on one side of the text and the making of spaces by character interactions on the other. Spatial production continues between person and page. Crucially, the social, sexual, and political geometries we use to construct our imaginary landscapes can, like the biblical lovers' own imaginarium, have a dramatic effect on the type of worlds in which we find ourselves participating.
DOI 10.1093/jaarel/lfs021
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Gender Studies
Pericopes Song of Solomon 2,8-2,14
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