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Lullaby: Births, Deaths and Narratives of Hope

Faculty of Arts, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne 3010, Australia
Religions 2020, 11(3), 138; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11030138
Received: 2 March 2020 / Revised: 15 March 2020 / Accepted: 16 March 2020 / Published: 18 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Hope in Dark Times)
Guided by the hopeful possibilities of birth, breath and beginning that Hannah Arendt and Luce Irigaray variously articulate, this paper examines the lullaby as an expressive form that emerges (in a variety of contexts as distinct as medieval Christendom and contemporary art) as narrative between natality and mortality. With narrative understood as praxis according to Arendt’s schema, and articulated in what Irigaray might designate as an interval between two different sexuate subjects, the lullaby (and the voice that sings it) is found to be a telling of what it is to be human, and a hopeful reminder of our capacity both for self-affection and -preservation, and for meeting and nurturing others in their difference. View Full-Text
Keywords: Arendt; narrative; natality; Irigaray; difference; interval; lullaby; contemporary art; hope Arendt; narrative; natality; Irigaray; difference; interval; lullaby; contemporary art; hope
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Pryor, R. Lullaby: Births, Deaths and Narratives of Hope. Religions 2020, 11, 138.

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