Landscapes of the Song of Songs: Poetry and Place

Oxford University Press
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In this masterful new study of the ancient poetry of the Song of Songs, Elaine T. James explores the Song's underlying interest in the natural world. Engaging with the fields of geography, landscape architecture, and literature, James critiques the tendency of scholars to reify a perceived dichotomy between "nature" and "culture" and instead argues that the poetic attention to landscape indicates an awareness of a viewer. Nature is here a poetic device that informs James's close-readings of agrarianism, gardens, cities, social control, and feminism and the gaze in the Song. With this two-fold emphasis on landscape and lyric, Landscape of the Song of Songs shows how the Song persistently envisions a world in which human lovers are embedded in the natural world, complexly enfolded in relationships of fragility and care.
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About the author

Elaine T. James is Assistant Professor of Theology at St. Catherine University.
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Publisher
Oxford University Press
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Published on
Jun 1, 2017
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Pages
288
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ISBN
9780190619022
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Language
English
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Genres
Religion / Biblical Criticism & Interpretation / Old Testament
Religion / General
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This content is DRM protected.
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Eligible for Family Library

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