• Bringing the Apostle Down to Earth: Emily Dickinson Wrestles with Paul

    Author(s):
    Journal for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies (view group) , Caroline Blyth
    Date:
    2019
    Group(s):
    Journal for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies
    Subject(s):
    Emily Dickinson, Paul, Interdisciplinary literary criticism, Literary criticism, Biblical studies
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/sc7f-c611
    Abstract:
    While Emily Dickinson included many allusions to the biblical texts in her writing, this article focuses on her engagement with one particular biblical writer—the apostle Paul. Dickinson makes a number of references to Paul in her letters and poetry, often in ways that thoroughly unbalance what she considered to be his spiritual and heaven-centred gaze, thrusting it earthwards to bring new and unexpected meaning to matters such as friendship, love, death, suffering, and desire. Through taking a closer look at her writings in which she engages with the apostle, I consider Dickinson’s obvious desire to engage with Paul’s writings and her regular rejection of certain features of Pauline theology in favour of her own earth-centred spirituality. In particular, I explore the ways in which Dickinson’s faith stands at times uneasily alongside that of Paul, in her focus on the dreaded uncertainty of life after death and her unshakeable delight for a world in which both pain and paradise could be encountered.
    Notes:
    JIBS Vol 1 Issue 1 ISSN 2633-0695
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