CALL FOR PAPERS: Feminist Receptions of Biblical Women
The editors of Nashim invite proposals for articles that explore feminist receptions of women in the Tanakh, for Nashim no. 24 (Fall 2012), under the consulting editorship of Lesleigh Cushing Stahlberg of Colgate University.
In recent decades, reception history has gained an increasingly prominent place in biblical studies. Concerned not with how scripture came to be, but with the influence it has come to have, reception history of the Bible attends to the ways that the Bible has been read and interpreted throughout time. It examines the use of the Bible in faith communities and in secular culture. It attends to the role of the Bible in the evolution of religious beliefs and practices and its impact on later social and political developments. It contextualizes recastings of the Bible in post-biblical literature, art, music and film.
For Nashim no. 24, we seek articles that engage in feminist reception history of the Hebrew Bible. Many of the subfields within biblical studies have long been engaged with feminist criticism and feminist studies: Some of the most important work done in the field in the past thirty years has deployed feminist theory in the service of literary, anthropological, socio-historical and contextual analysis of the Hebrew Bible. However, few venues have been dedicated to feminist work on reception history. This issue of Nashim seeks to provide one, to bring together articles in which the reception of women in the Hebrew Bible is the subject of feminist analysis.
Articles might therefore offer feminist readings of the reception of particular female figures from the Tanakh – for instance, by providing a feminist critique of the recasting of biblical women in traditional commentary or literature. They might analyze feminist interpretations, in art, literature or commentary, of a female figure or group of figures in the Hebrew Bible; or they might survey feminist critiques of the mainstream reception of biblical women – for example, by tracing the ways that contemporary feminist scholars have understood the depictions of a biblical figure in classical Jewish sources. They might also look at or compare the uses of female figures in the Bible in traditional, modern or feminist contexts to broadcast particular views of women.
Proposals for submissions of up to 12,000 words, not previously published or under consideration for publication elsewhere, should be sent to Deborah Greniman, Managing Editor of Nashim, by August 1, 2011, by e-mail (preferably) to firstname.lastname@example.org; or by fax to +972-3-7256592. Final date for submission of articles: November 1, 2011. All scholarly articles will be subject to peer review. Academic Editor of Nashim: Renée Levine Melammed.
Nashim is published jointly by the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute and Indiana University Press.
Proposals should be submitted to Deborah Greniman, Managing Editor of Nashim: e-mail (preferably) to email@example.com; or by fax to +972-3-7256592. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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