Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Bible and FeminismRemapping the Field$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Yvonne Sherwood

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198722618

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198722618.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 13 October 2019

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

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

Jennifer Leader

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198722618.003.0007

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

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .