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Retrieving an Earth Voice: Ecological Hermeneutics, the Matter of the Text and Reading “as if it’s holy” (Jennifer Harrison, “Book Sculptor”)

Elvey, Anne (2015) Retrieving an Earth Voice: Ecological Hermeneutics, the Matter of the Text and Reading “as if it’s holy” (Jennifer Harrison, “Book Sculptor”). AeJT: Australian eJournal of Theology, 22 (2). pp. 81-94. ISSN 1448 – 6326

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Abstract

Norman Habel and his colleagues include in their ecological hermeneutics, a hermeneutic of retrieval of an Earth voice (in biblical texts). This hermeneutic relies on a practice of creative imagination to “retrieve” and “perform” an Earth voice (or multiple more-than-human voices) in human language. The practice of retrieval requires an attentiveness not only to the “cry” of Earth but also to the materiality of things (including the text itself as a material thing). With reference to four poems— “Parchment” by Michelle Boisseau, “O Taste and See” by Denise Levertov, “Book Sculptor” by Jennifer Harrison, and “A Sort of a Song” by William Carlos Williams—this article critically considers ways in which a relationship between the matter of a text and an Earth voice might touch on the sacred through reading.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: ecological hermeneutics, ecocriticism, poetry, the sacred, Earth Bible, voice
Fields of Research: 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200502 Australian Literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature)
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200506 North American Literature
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200525 Literary Theory
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: B - Biblical Studies, general
A - Humanities, general
College/Association with University of Divinity: Trinity Theological College
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Depositing User: Dr Anne F. Elvey
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2016 02:32
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2016 02:32
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2039

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