Call for Contributions

On the general theme of:

“Orality Studies, Performance Criticism and their Implications for Bible Translation”


BiblicalPerformanceCriticismLogoAim: This is a collection of essays that will join the Cascade Books (Wipf & Stock) series entitled Biblical Performance Criticism (on orality, memory, translation, rhetoric, and discourse).

Link to Bible Translation: Essays are welcome that deal with any of these orality/performance dimensions as it relates to our specific focus on Bible interpretation, translation, and transmission. Specifically, we seek essays that build on the exegetical insights from orality/performance studies and respond to this question: how does this affect Bible translation?

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS
On the general theme of:

“Orality Studies, Performance Criticism and their Implications for Bible Translation”


Aim
: This is a collection of essays that will join the Cascade Books (Wipf & Stock) series entitled Biblical Performance Criticism (on orality, memory, translation, rhetoric, and discourse).

Link to Bible Translation: Essays are welcome that deal with any of these orality/performance dimensions as it relates to our specific focus on Bible interpretation, translation, and transmission. Specifically, we seek essays that build on the exegetical insights from orality/performance studies and respond to this question: how does this affect Bible translation?

Background of Biblical Performance Criticism: (from the series introduction by Series Editor, David Rhoads) The ancient societies of the Bible were overwhelmingly oral. People originally experienced the traditions now in the Bible as oral performances. Focusing on the ancient performance of biblical traditions enables us to shift academic work on the bible from the mentality of a modern print culture to that of an oral/scribal culture. Conceived broadly, biblical performance criticism embraces many methods as means to reframe the biblical materials in the context of traditional oral cultures, construct scenarios of ancient performances, learn from contemporary performances of these materials, and reinterpret biblical writings accordingly. The result is a foundational paradigm shift that reconfigures traditional disciplines and employs fresh biblical methodologies such as theater studies, speech-act theory, and performance studies. The emerging research of many scholars in this field of study, the development of working groups in scholarly societies and the appearance of conferences on orality and literacy make it timely to inaugurate this series.


Details
: Contributions should range generally between 5000-10,000 words (although shorter submissions can be considered) and follow the style and formatting recommendations of the Author Guide of Cascade Books (this will be sent to you on request). The deadline for submissions is October 31st, 2010, and the selection process for this volume will be completed by November 30th, 2010. We envision a publication date of sometime in late 2011. Please email your submission in a Word document as an attached file to either one of the co-editors, James A. Maxey (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Ernst R. Wendland (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Feel free to forward this invitation to others whom you feel might be interested in this project.