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Yvonne Sherwood

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198722618

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198722618.001.0001

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Reading ‘The Revelations of the Book / Whose Genesis was June’

Reading ‘The Revelations of the Book / Whose Genesis was June’

Emily Dickinson’s Hermeneutics of the Heart

(p.116) Chapter 6 Reading ‘The Revelations of the Book / Whose Genesis was June’
The Bible and Feminism

Jennifer Leader

Oxford University Press

Emily Dickinson had a passionate relationship with the Bible. Her poetry and letters are replete with biblical allusions and references, and her early, rigorous religious training exposed her to hermeneutical methodologies, such as typology, that she freely modified when she deployed Scripture in her poems. As a woman artist, Dickinson constructed feminist tactics not only to subvert gender expectations about women, language, and poetry, but also to address directly what she found offensive or unfair in the Bible. She considered herself to be in an unmediated, egalitarian relationship with the Protestant Scriptures, and her primary interpretive lens was relational. For Dickinson, the Word’s dynamism pulls readers into mysterious interconnection with supernatural power; this power communicates to the heart, above and beyond what the text’s objective words alone might say.

Keywords:   Emily Dickinson, Bible, hermeneutics, typology, feminism

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