Framing lament: Providing a context for the expression of pain

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In this cahpter I suggest that the form-critically identified laments
of the Hebrew Bible can be understood via the performance concept of
"framing." In art, drama, and literature the frame lifts the work or event
to a heightened consciousness and provides a context for practitioners
and audiences to interact. My interest is in the link between frame (form)
and content. 1 argue that the lament form provides a literary framework
for the expression of anguish by empowering those who are suffering
to name their pain, despite the constraints of the form that generally
culminate in a leaning towards hope. Comparison of biblical laments
emanating from the experience of exile with lament poetry written by
exiled Burmese Karen refugees in the twenty-first century will show that
resonances exist between the disparate communities through their common
framing of pain via lament.
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
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9781610977432
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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