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5 Scripted Bodies: Paragesis and the Performative Poetics ofManhood

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This chapter demonstrates how poetic parageses function as act-events that offer ways of reading biblical texts otherwise and, as such, offer themselves as particularly valuable modes of reading against normative interpretation. Prompted by the poets' attempts to focus on what is happening in this wrestling bout, the author explores how this scene problematizes the constructions and performances of human and divine masculinities. The chapter argues that to become more androcritical, to understand more of how issues of power and gender delineate the interpretative field, more hermeneutic dimensions must be included when constructing a biblical reading and rewriting. This is where paragetical writing comes into its own, participating in both "an indeterminate surplus of meaningful possibilities" whilst also enacting an awareness that "interpretation is always a production of meaning from that surplus".

Keywords: biblical interpretation; gender; parageses



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