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Motives for Murder in Nineteenth- and Early-Twentieth-Century Cultural Performances of Jael and Sisera

Colleen M. Conway

in Sex and Slaughter in the Tent of Jael

Published in print November 2016 | ISBN: 9780190626877
Published online November 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780190626907 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190626877.003.0006
Motives for Murder in Nineteenth- and Early-Twentieth-Century Cultural Performances of Jael and Sisera

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The chapter offers analyses of representations of Jael and Sisera in several works from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Beginning with examination of earlier allusions to the Jael and Sisera tradition in nineteenth-century novels by Charlotte Brontë and George Eliot, the chapter then offers extended discussions of the poem “Jael” by British poet Lord de Tabley, a poem titled “Sisera” by Edwin Arlington Robinson, and a play written by an American poet and suffragette, Florence Kiper Frank. Each work reflects the tensions around the “Woman Question” that was roundly debated during this time. Whereas the male poets both find fault in Jael (if one more sympathetically that the other), Kiper Frank portrays her as a bold, independent woman who gets what she wants.

Keywords: Jael and Sisera; Florence Kiper Frank; Lord de Tabley; Edwin Arlington Robinson; George Eliot; Charlotte Brontë; Woman Question

Chapter.  11801 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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