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Meeting Program Units

2019 Annual Meeting

San Diego, CA

Meeting Begins11/23/2019
Meeting Ends11/26/2019

Call for Papers Opens: 12/19/2018
Call for Papers Closes: 3/6/2019

Requirements for Participation

Biblical Hebrew Poetry


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: Our section will hold five sessions: (1) Blessings and Curses, (2) Metonymy and Metaphor in the Poetry of the Psalms (joint with Psalms), (3) Conceptions of Parallelism and Other Formal Features of Biblical Hebrew Poetry (joint with Linguistics and Biblical Hebrew), and (4-5) two general sessions. Session (1): Blessing and cursing are extraordinary vehicles of communication. Blessing and cursing saturate a large swath of poetry in the Bible. The inaugural session on these performative acts of speech and literature will consist of four invited papers followed by a prepared response and Q&A. Session (2): This session continues the 2017 AM joint session. We welcome all papers that deal with metaphor and/or metonymy in the poetry of the Psalms: how metonymy and metaphor work together and how they function differently; how metonymy and metaphor is expressed through poetry; poetic analyses of metaphor and metonymy in specific psalms that bring exegetical insights. This joint session will have respondents, and presenters are required to submit drafts by Aug 31. Session (3): While parallelism has remained the central organizing feature of biblical poetry since its identification by Lowth, recent research reflects two trajectories: [1] modification of the concept of parallelism; and [2] proposals for other formal structuring features such as line length, rhythm, meter, and syllable counts. Papers that explore either of these trajectories from a linguistic viewpoint are welcome. This session will have respondents, and presenters are required to submit drafts by Aug 31. Sessions (4-5): General papers regarding any aspect of biblical poetry. A portion of the general papers will be selected for a session with a respondent. These papers are due Aug 31; more info upon acceptance (in Spring).

Program Unit Chairs

Elizabeth R.Hayes
Kevin Chau

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