Ewing 2013 Sexuality

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Author: Lisa Marie Ewing

Title: Dangerous Feminine Sexuality

Subtitle: Biblical Metaphors and Sexual Violence Against Women

Thesis: Master of Humanities Thesis, Wright State University

Year: 2013

Pages: vi + 113pp.

Language: English

Keywords: Representations: Bible

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Abstract: »This analysis responds to an ongoing debate between feminist and traditional readings of sexually violent (SV) metaphors in the prophetic texts of Hosea, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel, and the New Testament book of Revelation. Whereas feminist scholars have often argued that such metaphors are built upon the exploitation of women’s sexuality, traditionalist scholars have insisted that the metaphors are merely literary devices that should only be read within their historical and literary contexts. Taking a moderate position, this analysis uses the cognitive metaphor theory to explain that the SV metaphors depend on cognitive associations of dangerous feminine sexuality to relate to historically-specific concerns of the original authors and audiences. This analysis then examines said historically-specific concerns to reveal the literary function of the metaphors in their original contexts. Finally, this analysis closes by considering current sociopsychological concerns that cause contemporary society to continue relying on the same cognitive associations of dangerous feminine sexuality as seen the SV metaphors.« [Source: OhioLINK]


  Acknowledgement (p. v)
  Dediction (p. vi)
  I: The Metaphor Debate and Cognitive Metaphor Theory (p. 1)
    Overview of the Debate (p. 4)
    Literature Review: Feminist-Critical Scholars (p. 7)
    Literature Review: Sociohistorical Scholars (p. 14)
    The Literary Function of Metaphor (p. 18)
  II: "Battered Love": SV Metaphors in Hosea, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel (p. 24)
    Hosea (p. 25)
    Jeremiah (p. 31)
    Ezekiel (p. 37)
    Assyrian/Babylonian Invasion (p. 42)
    Israel’s Broken Covenant (p. 44)
    Sex and Marriage (p. 49)
    The Cognitive Gain: How Is a Whore Like Ancient Israelite Men? (p. 54)
  III: SV Metaphors in Revelation: Same Cognitive Associations, New Clothes? (p. 58)
    The Whore of Babylon (p. 60)
    The Bride of the Lamb (p. 67)
    Greco-Roman Culture (p. 70)
    Apocalypticism: A New Perspective of the Nature of Evil (p. 76)
    The Sexual Temptress as Feminized Evil (p. 79)
    The Cognitive Gain: Same Cognitive Associations, Different Background (p. 83)
  IV: Unchanged Cognitive Associations: Contemporary Ethical Concerns (p. 86)
    System Justification Theory (p. 89)
    Case Study: Cleveland, Texas Gang-Rape (p. 92)
    The Cleveland Case and the SV Metaphors (p. 95)
    Closing Thoughts: Can We Ever Move Beyond the Cognitive Associations? (p. 100)
  Works Cited (p. 103)

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