A Love as Great as Death: Divine Erotics in "Greenleaf" and the Song of Songs
Derdall, Alexandra, Religious Studies - Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Virginia
Bouchard, Larry, Department of Religious Studies, University of Virginia
Flannery O'Connor's "Greenleaf" and the Song of Songs both explore the erotic dimension of God's love. As such, they participate in a mutually enriching relationship. Through Gadamer's hermeneutics of play, and the Song's lyric mode, a richer understanding of that erotic love flourishes. "Greenleaf" and the Song, through exploration of the same underlying question, further illuminate the mystery of what can be termed "God's erotic love."
MA (Master of Arts)