A Fleshly Reading

Masochism, Ecocriticism, and the Song of Songs


Like the untitillating spectacle of a strip show, the Song of Songs has bared more than enough of its flesh in the critical frenzy of interpretation. And yet for some reason that is beyond me, “flesh” is always assumed to be of the human variety, muscle covered with skin, neglecting that vast and delectable realm of the flesh beyond human beings. While this chapter obviously leaks and dribbles across the previous chapter, sharing some basic assumptions about reading the Song, it also tries out some new practices, crossing that very thin and artificial boundary between human and nonhuman flesh.


Feminist Criticism Biblical Study Feminist Interpretation Human Flesh Fourfold Pattern 
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© Roland Boer 2012

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