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Title: The physicality of the pregnant female body : applying Benjamin Harshav's theory of integrational semantics to Psalm 139, Job and Isaiah 42:14
Author: Langton, Karen
ISNI:       0000 0004 7426 2273
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2018
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In this thesis, I explore the physicality of the pregnant body in the womb imagery in Psalm 139 and Job 3 and in the simile “like a woman in labor,” specifically, the simile of YHWH as a woman in labor in Isa 42:14. I show that the metaphorical pregnant body is not an idea of a body; rather, it is a detailed physical body with images of gestation in the womb, physical descriptions of a body writhing in labor (e.g. face, breath, hands, heart, legs), and descriptions of a baby delivered from the womb. Using Benjamin Harshav’s theory of Integrational Semantics, I mine the text for details of and allusions to the physicality of the pregnant body. I look at the text through the lens of the pregnant female body and ask how the physicality of this body contributes to meaning. I show that the full impact of the text is lost when the physical properties of the pregnant body are not integrated within an interpretation.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BS The Bible ; HQ The family. Marriage. Woman ; P Philology. Linguistics