Orality, Memory, Performance Criticism, and Related Disciplines
Networking Event at AAR/SBL in Boston
Friday Nov 17, 2017 4:30-6:00pm
Hynes Convention Center Room: 310 (Third Level).
From Gender to Politics
By Terry Giles, William J. Doan
The unique contribution of the study lies in it being placed with in the methodologies of orality, ancient performance, and the transference of a religious text from oral to written, from female to male, and from private to political. This opens up new avenues for understanding the relationship between the “original” text and its audience(s). The authors succeed well in indicating how the originally subversive gender-based text was transformed into a text that served (male) political ends.
The book of Ruth is probably best known as a romantic love story that, through the expression of loving devotion, overcomes tragedy and ends with the founding of the most famous family in all of biblical Israel. But the book wasn't always this way. In fact, it wasn't a book at all but rather a story told with a very different purpose in mind. Before Ruth, there was the Story of Naomi, a subversive story designed to challenge a male-dominated status quo. Through comedy, sarcastic irony, and unparalleled rhetorical skill the Naomi storyteller holds up for inspection social gender roles and the power of sexuality in a manner that resonates yet today. The Story of Naomi--The Book of Ruth goes behind the literary rendition of the story and recaptures the original oral tale, with script and performance directions that brings to life the humor, tragedy, and transparent honesty shared between the Naomi storyteller and her audience.
Chamberlain, Daniel F., and J. Edward Chamberlain, eds.
(Amsterdam: Benjamin, 2016)
This volume raises questions about why oral celebrations of language receive so little attention in published literary histories when they are simultaneously recognized as fundamental to our understanding of literature. It aims to prompt debate regarding the transformations needed for literary historians to provide a more balanced and fuller appreciation of what we call literature, one that acknowledges the interdependence of oral storytelling and written expression, whether in print, pictorial, or digital form. Rather than offering a summary of current theories or prescribing solutions, this volume brings together distinguished scholars, conventional literary historians, and oral performer-practitioners from regions as diverse as South Africa, the Canadian Arctic, the Roma communities of Eastern Europe and the music industry of the American West in a conversation that engages the reader directly with the problems that they have encountered and the questions that they have explored in their work with orality and with literary history.
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Editor(s): Tom Thatcher, Chris Keith, Raymond F. Person, Jr., Elsie R. Stern
The recent publication of The Dictionary of the Bible and Ancient Media (Bloomsbury, 2017) presents an excellent opportunity for a session on the status quaestionis of the contributions of media studies to biblical studies. At SBL in Boston, a panel will reflect on the current state of the field and propose directions that appear to be promising for future research.
S18-211 Bible in Ancient and Modern Media
11/18/2017 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: Tremont (First Level) - Boston Marriott Copley Place (MCP)
- Raymond Person, Ohio Northern University, Presiding
- Tom Thatcher, Cincinnati Christian University, Panelist (20 min)
- Susan Niditch, Amherst College, Panelist (20 min)
- Ehud Ben Zvi, University of Alberta, Panelist (20 min)
- Holly Hearon, Panelist (20 min)
- Dan Nässelqvist, University of Gothenburg, Panelist (20 min)
Edited by F Scott Spencer
SBL Press, 2017
This ground-breaking collection of essays explores the rich array of emotions in biblical literature displayed by divine and human figures. How do biblical characters' "feelings" affect their relationship with God, one another, and the world? How do they mix together, for good or ill, for flourishing or vexation? Deeply engaged with both ancient and modern contexts, including the burgeoning interdisciplinary study of emotion in the humanities and sciences, an international team of Hebrew Bible and New Testament scholars offers incisive case studies of "passions" ranging from joy, happiness, and trust to grief, hate, and disgust.