113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Bible in Literature I

Session Chair: 
Leonard Koff, University of California, Los Angeles
Session 10: Sunday 8:30-10:00am
Galleria I (PH-ET)
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  1. C. Stephen Jaeger, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    The myth of the primal man and the creation of the human race at the beginning of Thomas Mann’s four volume Joseph and his Brothers pre-plays the fate of the young Joseph in the Biblical story. Joseph is a re-embodiment of the primal god-man. Ancient myth meets Jewish history, meets German Bildungsroman. 
  2. Lauren Peterson, Western Washington University
    This paper traces the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century revisions of Hannah Dustan’s captivity narrative alongside the reduplications of Elizabeth Hanson’s captivity narrative. I argue that the numerous Dustan revisions indicate Cotton Mather’s failed attempt to resolve her violence. Reduplicating Hanson’s narrative, however, reveals the overwhelming acceptance of female passivity in early Puritanism. 
  3. Nancy van Deusen, Claremont Graduate University
    Can an important liturgical genre embedded within the Christian Mass celebration be regarded as literature, with topics and images from the Old and New Testaments, and not simply as a ritualized component of an established medieval progression of events?  It can: the Latin sequence is indeed worth serious biblical study. 
Session Cancelled: