The Art of Seduction

  • Abi Doukhan


Having explored the implications of experiencing one’s femininity as a form of generosity of self, a gift of self that is whole-hearted and generous, I then explore, in this chapter, the structure of this gift. There is an art of giving of oneself that must be rediscovered. This is the art form that is implied in the Shulamite’s repeated warning to the daughters of Jerusalem to “not arouse or awaken love until it is ready.” This warning constitutes a sharp contrast with the generally sensual and reckless lovemaking of the Song. From this contrast, I show that two voices of wisdom are to be heard in our text: That of sensuality and that of discretion, and that the art of seduction hangs precisely on the ability to protect the delicate balance between these two voices.

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  • Abi Doukhan
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  1. 1.Queens College, CUNYFlushingUSA

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