Framing Lament: Providing a context for the expression of pain

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    Performance Criticism is a newly emerging discipline amongst Biblical scholars. As a method it allows us to analyse ancient Biblical texts for inherently performative themes and features that encourage faithful re-enactment by an attentive audience. This chapter focuses on one performance feature: namely, the theatrical concept of “framingâ€� or mis-en-scène, through which the lament literature will be analysed. Framing not only lifts an event or artwork from everyday life to allow it to be experienced in a heightened manner, it also provides an environment in which disruptive passions and events can be contained, protecting both individual and society. Framing empowers those who suffer by providing a structure to express what might otherwise remain inexpressible. The lament literature of the Hebrew Bible, particularly that which uses acrostic poetry, acts as a frame that both presents and constrains the expression of pain and anguish resulting from cultural trauma. This study reflects on this phenomenon through comparison of selected Biblical lament poems with several “lament psalmsâ€� written by young Burmese refugees in a Thai-Burmese border camp in 2007.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSpiritual Complaint
    Subtitle of host publicationThe theology and practice of lament
    EditorsMiriam J Bier, Tim Bulkeley
    Place of PublicationEugene, Oregon
    PublisherPickwick Publications
    Chapter12
    Pages187-204
    Number of pages18
    ISBN (Print)9781610977432
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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    Lament
    Cultural Trauma
    Hebrew Bible
    Criticism
    Passion
    Artwork
    Psalms
    Poetry
    Poem
    Re-enactment
    Anguish
    Refugees
    Everyday Life
    Biblical Scholars
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    Mathews, J. (2013). Framing Lament: Providing a context for the expression of pain. In M. J. Bier, & T. Bulkeley (Eds.), Spiritual Complaint: The theology and practice of lament (pp. 187-204). Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick Publications.
    Mathews, Jeanette. / Framing Lament : Providing a context for the expression of pain. Spiritual Complaint: The theology and practice of lament. editor / Miriam J Bier ; Tim Bulkeley. Eugene, Oregon : Pickwick Publications, 2013. pp. 187-204
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