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Landscapes of the Song of Songs: Poetry and Place

Elaine T. James


Landscapes of the Song of Songs is a unique, interdisciplinary approach to the ancient poetry of the Song of Songs. It develops a theoretical concept of landscape to explore the Song’s intrinsic interest in the natural world, engaging with work from the fields of geography, landscape architecture, and literature. It emphasizes the made quality of both landscapes and poetry, which are art forms defined by human intervention and vision. In this way it critiques the tendency of scholars to reify a perceived dichotomy in the Song between “nature” and “culture.” Each chapter explores a different im ... More

Keywords: landscape, poetry, lyric, Song of Songs, garden, city

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190619015
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190619015.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elaine T. James, author
Assitant Professor, St. Catherine University

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