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'I sought him but I did not find him': The Elusive Lover in the Song of Songs

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Despite the tendency in much Song of Songs scholarship to view the relationship of the lovers in the poem as harmonious, egalitarian and unproblematic, the repeated absence of the male protagonist in parts of the woman's speeches (most notably in chapters 3 and 5 of the Song) might be seen as a challenge to such interpretations. This article foregrounds the theme of absence in the woman's speeches in the Song of Songs, exploring the implications of this theme for the characterization of the female protagonist, and for the relationship of the lovers in the poem.

Affiliations: 1: University of Sheffield


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