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‘Complex Anachronism: Peter Porter’s Jonah, Otherkind, Ancient and Contemporary Tempests, and the Divine’

Elvey, Anne (2016) ‘Complex Anachronism: Peter Porter’s Jonah, Otherkind, Ancient and Contemporary Tempests, and the Divine’. The Bible and Critical Theory, 12 (1). pp. 79-93. ISSN 1832-3391

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Australian poet Peter Porter collaborated with artist Arthur Boyd to produce their collection Jonah (1973) based on the biblical book. Porter writes of the style of the sequence of poems as “complex anachronism”, bringing together biblical resonances with contemporary social, ecological and political themes. The contemporary context of anthropogenic climate change invites complex questions concerning relations between humans, other species, climate and the divine. There are no easy correspondences between the biblical Jonah narrative and the contemporary challenges of climate change. But my reading of Jonah 2:1–11 in conversation with Porter’s poetic retelling of Jonah’s sojourn in the whale and Shakespeare’s Caliban, is suggestive for reimagining our own complex hybrid agencies and their implications for divine-human relationships as humans face the contemporary tempests of, and accompanying, anthropogenic climate change.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Jonah, Peter Porter, Australian poetry, The Tempest, ecological hermeneutics, climate change
Fields of Research: 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200502 Australian Literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature)
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960399 Climate and Climate Change not elsewhere classified
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
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
B - Old Testament
College/Association with University of Divinity: Trinity College Theological School
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Depositing User: Dr Anne F. Elvey
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2016 02:33
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2016 02:33
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2041

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