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2023 Annual Meeting

San Antonio, Texas

Meeting Begins11/18/2023
Meeting Ends11/21/2023

Call for Papers Opens: 1/23/2023
Call for Papers Closes: 3/14/2023

Requirements for Participation

Reading, Theory, and the Bible

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: For 2023, the Reading, Theory, and the Bible program unit will be offering three sessions. 1. Our FIRST SESSION will be an open session. We welcome any and all paper proposals that fit our section description (see above). 2. Our SECOND SESSION will be a themed session, “Climate Fiction in/and the Anthropocene: Literary Form and the End of the World as We Know It.” We are especially interested in submissions that engage recent work by Louise Erdrich (Future Home of the Living God) or Joy Williams (Harrow), or that focus on non-White writers (e.g. Nnedi Okorafor, Vandana Singh, Octavia Butler). This session will be co-sponsored with the American Academy of Religion’s Sacred Texts, Theory, and Theological Construction program unit. 3. Our THIRD SESSION will be a review of Francis Landy’s new book: Poetry, Catastrophe, and Hope in the Vision of Isaiah. The culmination of decades of research, one of the finest critics of biblical poetry writing today casts an eye on Isaiah that has a quality all of its own. Panelists for this session will be invited. This session will be co-sponsored with the Formation of Isaiah, Israelite Prophetic Literature, and Biblical Hebrew Poetry program units.

Program Unit Chairs

Peter Sabo
Rhiannon Graybill

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