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(Per)Mutations of Qohlet

Hardback|Jun 2006
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(Per)mutations of Qohelet employs the body (as it is understood in postmodern thought) as the lens through which to read the various and multiple constructions of identity found in the book of Ecclesiastes. >


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(Per)mutations of Qohelet employs the body (as it is understood in postmodern thought) as the lens through which to read the various and multiple constructions of identity found in the book of Ecclesiastes. >
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(Per)mutations of Qohelet explores the question, Who is Qohelet? Rather than peering behind or through the text to answer this question in terms of authorship, Koosed analyzes the identity that is created through the words on the page. The text is not a transparent medium connecting reader with author; instead, it is an opaque body - it has weight, substance, skin. Koosed begins with an analysis of the ways in which words construct identities and the reasons why words can affect us so profoundly, relying primarily on the work of Judith Butler and Elaine Scarry. She then explores autobiography and how the genre of autobiography - as reconfigured by Roland Barthes and Jacques Derrida - relates to Qohelet. These two chapters then set the framework for what follows: an analysis of the various bodily organs and sensations contained within the book of Qohelet. The body is embedded in the text through the naming of body parts (eye, hand, heart). And this same body is encoded in form, structure, and syntax, so that the text becomes a body with organs, systems, and even a life of its own. The book is a body and the book speaks of bodies. It speaks of the body's organs and senses; it concerns itself with the pleasures and pains of the body, the gendered body, the dying body. Finally, the ritual body is highlighted in the final passage of this enigmatic book. >

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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 271186
  • Product Code 9780567026323
  • ISBN 0567026329
  • EAN 9780567026323
  • Pages 152
  • Department Academic
  • Category Biblical Studies
  • Sub-Category Old Testament
  • Publisher T&t Clark
  • Publication Date Jun 2006
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 16mm
  • Weight 0.173kg

Jennifer L Koosed

Jennifer L. Koosed is an associate professor of religious studies at Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania, and the author of (Per)mutations of Qohelet: Reading the Body in the Book.

  • 1) Introducing Qohelet; 2) Calling Qohelet Names; 3) Fragments Of Qohelet's Body; 4) Qohelet In Pleasure And Pain; 5) Qohelet In Love And (gender) Trouble; 6) Decomposing Qohelet; 7) Reading The Epilogue Through This Body; 8) Departures.