The black and the beautiful: from the Song of Songs to Shakespeare’s Sonnets

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Abstract

This paper discusses Shakespeare’s aesthetics of blackness as a radical interpretation and response to a disputed translation of the fifth verse from the Song of Songs, casting light on the Renaissance transition from negative theology to negative capability.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-97
Number of pages14
JournalTranslation Matters
Volume2
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Aesthetics of Blackness
  • Song of Songs 1:5
  • Negative Capability
  • Caravaggio
  • Shakespeare’s Sonnets

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