Beneath the Body of the Text: Body-images in the Song of Songs

  • Pieter van der Zwan University of Pretoria
Keywords: Song of Songs, body-images, psychoanalysis

Abstract

The various explicit references and descriptions of the different bodies in the Song of Songs have, just as characters, an “unconscious†which can be interpreted by psychoanalysis. These body-images are important as they unconsciously influence the recipients of the text and therefore need to be unpacked in a critical way. This will hopefully also show that the literal interpretations are flat reductions and a denial of a hidden depth of meaning.

Published
2018-02-01
Section
Articles