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Artifice of Love JSOTS V392 : Grotesque Bodies and the Song of Songs - Fiona Black

Artifice of Love JSOTS V392

Grotesque Bodies and the Song of Songs

Hardcover Published: 19th February 2009
ISBN: 9780826469854
Number Of Pages: 288

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The lovers' expressions of mutual affection and desire in the Song of Songs include intimate and detailed poetic descriptions of the body. These are challenging to interpret because the imagery used is cryptic, drawing on seemingly incongruous aspects of nature, architecture and war. Biblical scholarship frequently expresses some discomfort or embarrassment over this language, yet largely maintains the view that it should be interpreted positively as a complimentary and loving description of the body. If read without this hermeneutic, however, the imagery appears to construct nonsensical and ridiculous pictures of the human form, which raise interesting questions, and pose definite challenges, for the Song's readers. Fiona Black addresses the problematic nature of the Song's body imagery by using the artistic and literary construct of the grotesque body as a heuristic. The resulting reading investigates some issues for the Song that are often left to the margins, namely, the Song's presentation of desire, its politics of gender, and the affect of the text. The book concludes with the identification of some implications of this reading, including the creation of a new framework in which to understand the relevance of the Song's imagery for its presentation of love. This is volume 12 in the Gender, Culture, Theory subseries and volume 392 in the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement series.

List of Figuresp. x
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Abbreviationsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
The Problem of the Body in the Song of Songsp. 9
Free Associations: Bodies in /and Erotic Discoursep. 11
Body Imagery in the Song of Songsp. 20
The Descriptionsp. 20
Wasf Nestp. 23
Biblical Scholarship and the Body Images: A Reviewp. 24
Allegorical Interpretation of the Body Imageryp. 25
Modern Commentary on the Wasfs and the `Hermeneutic of Compliment'p. 29
Romancing the Textp. 32
Reading in Contextp. 37
`Evocative' Readingp. 42
Body Imagery and Gender Criticismp. 49
Excess in Imagery: Psychoanalytic and Pornographic Readingsp. 57
A Grotesque Proposalp. 62
Uncovering the Grotesque Bodyp. 65
Grotesque Beginnings and Developments: A Context for the Grotesque Bodyp. 66
The Grotesque in the Art of the Renaissance: From the Pope's Palace to the Devil's Arsep. 66
Renaissance Wanderings: Arcimboldo and Boschp. 72
Margins and Centresp. 82
Bakhtin, Rabelais and the Grotesque Bodyp. 87
Bakhtin's Day out at the Fairp. 87
Freaks at the Fairp. 90
Raining on Bakhtin's Parade: Three Major Criticismsp. 97
Allowed Foolsp. 97
Who's Laughing Now?p. 100
Carnival Meets the Uncannyp. 103
The Female Grotesque, or, a `Cunning Array of Stunts'p. 106
The Volatile Bodyp. 107
Making a Spectacle (of ...?)p. 113
Prefigurative Possibilities and Kristeva's Abjectp. 116
The Grotesque Body and the Not-So-Sublime Song?p. 120
Revealed and Concealed: The Grotesque Body in the Song of Songsp. 122
First Impressionsp. 126
Metamorphosis: Barthes' Heads on the Lovers' Bodiesp. 133
The Themesp. 142
Nature/Cycles/Life/Cycles ...p. 142
Sex, Naturally; or `Pardon me, Have you Seen my Vagina?'p. 147
War, the Land and other Alienationsp. 153
Playing with (his) Parts: Inversion and Song 5.10-16p. 159
Strategiesp. 165
Analogy Gone Madp. 166
Double Articulation: A Secret Language?p. 172
Struggling for Meaning and Speaking `Other-ly'p. 174
On Reading the Grotesque (Erotically)p. 186
Looking in at the Lattice: The Grotesque and the Lovers in the Song of Songsp. 188
Beauty or the Beast?p. 189
His and Hers: Looking at Genderp. 192
Contending the Gender Dividep. 196
The Corpus and the Corps: Barthes and the Song of Songsp. 204
Readers who Lovep. 205
Barthes, the Body and the Textp. 207
The Pleasure of our Textp. 213
Exploring the Song's Erotic Bodyp. 215
The Right of Replyp. 220
Desire and the Grotesque: Reading the Song of Songs with Kristeva (and Teresa)p. 224
Kristeva on Lovep. 226
Love and a Little Madness: Kristeva and the Song of Songsp. 227
Shall I Compare Thee to a Gargantua? Or a Pantagruel?p. 231
Conclusionp. 238
`Am I...are we ... Falling in Love (with the Song of Songs)?'p. 238
So, Three Women Walk into a Bar, Right?...p. 240
P.S.: I Love You!p. 244
Bibliographyp. 245
Indexp. 273
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ISBN: 9780826469854
ISBN-10: 082646985X
Series: Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies
Audience: BAC
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 19th February 2009
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.62 x 15.49  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.64
Edition Number: 1

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