Instructor: Twomey F 9:05 – 11:55am
The Bible has been a factor in the articulation of theoretical positions at least since Longinus cited Genesis in his (2nd century?) treatise on the sublime. 20th and 21st century literary and cultural theorists have similarly made interesting use of biblical texts for their own purposes. At the same time, certainly since the founding of Biblical Interpretation: A Journal of Contemporary Approaches in 1993 (but arguably well before), the field of biblical studies has engaged extensively with literary and cultural theory too. This seminar will focus on the Bible in the work of both literary theorists/critics and theory-informed Bible scholars. Along the way we will, of course, spend time reading and discussing key biblical texts as well as, perhaps, some literature informed by biblical themes.