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Reading the Magnificat in Australia in Contexts of Conflict

Elvey, Anne (2017) Reading the Magnificat in Australia in Contexts of Conflict. In: Ecological Aspects of War: Engagements with Biblical Texts. Bloomsbury T and T Clark, London, pp. 45-68. ISBN 9780567676399

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Abstract

This essay focuses on two contexts of conflict as situations for reading the Magnificat in Australia: the Second World War and the Intervention. Poetic and narrative responses to these conflicts are considered. In conversation with these creative responses, the essay
offers interpretive keys for reading the Magnificat in its context
and ecologically today. An entangled play between contexts, poetry,
narrative and biblical texts is framed as the beginning of eco-aesthetic hermeneutics. The bases for such a hermeneutics are: (1) a
recognition of the role of literature (and the arts in general) in responding to and addressing its contemporary contexts; (2) an affirmation that every human work is already embedded in more-than-human networks of matter and material agency;(3) a critical understanding of the roles of biblical literature in shaping and protesting human uses and abuses of power through the centuries.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Repository Version: Proofs
Keywords: ecological hermeneutics, war and peace, the Intervention, Magnificat, eco-aesthetics, poetry
Fields of Research: 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200501 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200502 Australian Literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature)
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2201 Applied Ethics > 220104 Human Rights and Justice Issues
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950499 Religion and Ethics not elsewhere classified
Type of Activity: Experimental Development
Subjects: B - Biblical Studies, general
D - Ethics / Moral Theology
A - Humanities, general
B - New Testament
College/Association with University of Divinity: Trinity College Theological School
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Depositing User: Mr Mark Carey
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2017 05:04
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2017 04:22
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3016

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