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The Society of Biblical Literature is the oldest and largest international scholarly membership organization in the field of biblical studies. Founded in 1880, the Society has grown to over 8,500 international members including teachers, students, religious leaders and individuals from all walks of life who share a mutual interest in the critical investigation of the Bible.
Meeting Program Units

2014 Annual Meeting

San Diego, CA

Meeting Begins: 11/22/2014
Meeting Ends: 11/25/2014

Call For Papers Opens: 12/20/2013
Call For Papers Closes: 3/5/2014
Requirements for Participation

Ancient Fiction and Early Christian and Jewish Narrative


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: We are planning two open sessions and a joint session with the Speech and Talk in the Ancient Mediterranean World Section. For the open sessions, we invite proposals on any topic relevant to the group’s focus. We are particularly interested in papers that address either of two themes. (1) “The Sense of an Ending,” i.e., papers exploring questions of narrative closure. Is a narrative's ending satisfying, incongruous, interrupted, or seemingly foreclosed by manuscript histories? What is resolved (or not) by an ending? How does the reader decide? (2) “Paired Stories,” i.e., comparative papers that explore religious or other narrative elements through juxtapositions of texts from different social, cultural, religious, or political contexts or locations (perhaps a Greek or Roman novel with a Jewish or Christian narrative or another such comparison). (3) "Flouting Conventions:" for the joint session, we invite papers that consider how ancient narratives deployed – and often strategically flouted – conventions regarding speech and talk. Ancient narratives reflect and employ diverse conventions regarding speech and talk in the ancient world. In particular contexts, certain kinds of speech indicate social identity (e.g., foreign language marks cultural otherness); ways of talking can reveal a character’s virtues or vices (e.g., salacious, misleading, persuasive, bold); unique types of speech are appropriate or efficacious only in certain temporal, geographical, or communal settings (e.g., ritualistic language located in temples). Of course, not all narratives conform to convention; often, storytellers violate established norms to great rhetorical effect. Breaches of expectation regarding speech – like a slave who speaks when she is expected to remain silent – can draw readerly attention, challenge readerly assumptions, and thereby contribute to the narrative’s rhetorical force.

Program Unit Chairs

 Diane Lipsett
 Scott S. Elliott

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