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2016 Annual Meeting

San Antonio, TX

Meeting Begins: 11/19/2016
Meeting Ends: 11/22/2016

Note that the deadline for paper proposals is 11:59 PM (23:59) Eastern Standard Time (UTC -5) on the day PREVIOUS to the deadline below.

Call For Papers Opens: 12/16/2015
Call For Papers Closes: 3/2/2016
Requirements for Participation

Performance Criticism of Biblical and Other Ancient Texts

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Performance Criticism of the Bible and Other Ancient Texts section will hold two sessions at the 2016 meeting. The FIRST SESSION is an open session, with a call for papers that focus on the formative influence of performance on the production of texts, the performance of such texts in ancient contexts, the representation of oral performance in written texts, and performance-related features embedded in biblical and other ancient texts. We are particularly interested in papers that examine the role of HUMOR in biblical and other ancient texts. The papers may also explore related rhetorical exercises including irony, satire, or sarcasm. The SECOND SESSION, a joint session of the Performance Criticism of the Bible and Other Ancient Texts section with the Cognitive Linguistics in Biblical Studies section, issues a call for papers that focus on HUMOR in cognition and performance.

Program Unit Chairs

Jin H. Han
Lee A. Johnson

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