Disrupting hegemonic power: royalty, gender and the gaze in the Song of Songs

Atudosie, Karina Petronela (2022). Disrupting hegemonic power: royalty, gender and the gaze in the Song of Songs. University of Birmingham. M.A.

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The Song of Song’s history of interpretation is testament to its power as a contentious text. This thesis draws upon feminist biblical scholarship, biblical masculinities studies and literary criticism to investigate how the lovers in the Song of Songs disrupt hegemonic power in three primary ways: through their appropriation of royalty, in their subversion of ancient gender expectations and in the disruptive power of their gazes. This study will show that the lovers fashion themselves as royals whilst simultaneously parodying Solomon’s power as a king and as a man. Moreover, this thesis will identify how both lovers embody “femininity” and “masculinity”, thereby blurring and disrupting ancient gender expectations. This investigation will conclude with a discussion of the Song of Song’s prevalent male gaze and argue that a female gaze is likewise present.

Type of Work: Thesis (Masters by Research > M.A.)
Award Type: Masters by Research > M.A.
Licence: All rights reserved
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
School or Department: School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion, Department of Theology and Religion
Funders: Other
Other Funders: College of Arts and Law, University of Birmingham
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BS The Bible
URI: http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/id/eprint/12158


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