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Reinscribing Rape: Tracing Connections Between the Experience of Women and Land in Biblical and Contemporary Texts

  • Emily Colgan
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Part of the Religion and Radicalism book series (RERA)

Abstract

In this chapter, Emily Colgan considers a biblical text that evokes images of gender violence during warfare: Jer. 6:1–8. Drawing upon the ecological principles of suspicion and retrieval, she performs a close reading of this text, focusing in particular on the sexual codifications present therein from the perspective of the Land as city, personified as a woman. Because all knowledge is materially situated, she supplements this reading with an intertextual exploration of the role that texts such as Jer. 6:1–8 play in the discursive formation of individuals and society in her native land of Aotearoa New Zealand. Specifically, she uses a literary critical lens to explores the poem by Māori poet Hone Tuwhare, “Not by wind ravaged,” as a means of analysing the degree to which the violent sexual logic of Jer. 6:1–8 continues to shape the social imaginary of this country.

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  • Emily Colgan
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  1. 1.Trinity Methodist Theological CollegeAucklandNew Zealand

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