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Reading with Feeling: Affect Theory and the Bible
Black, Fiona C. and Jennifer L. Koosed, editors

Atlanta: SBL Press, 2019 pp. viii + 225. $35.00

Series Information
Semeia Studies, 95

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Description: Essays with a methodological and metacritical focus. The psychological approach known as affect theory focuses on bodily feelings—depression, happiness, disgust, love—and can illuminate both texts and their interpretations. In this collection of essays scholars break new ground in biblical interpretation by deploying a range of affect-theoretical approaches in their interpretations of texts. Contributors direct their attention to the political, social, and cultural formation of emotion and other precognitive forces as a corrective to more traditional historical-critical methods and postmodern approaches. The inclusion of response essays results in a rich transdisciplinary dialog, with, for example, history, classics, and philosophy. Fiona C. Black, Amy C. Cottrill, Rhiannon Graybill, Jennifer L. Koosed, Joseph Marchal, Robert Seesengood, Ken Stone, and Jay Twomey engage a range of texts from biblical, to prayers, to graphic novels. Erin Runions and Stephen D. Moore’s responses push the conversation in new fruitful directions.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, New Testament, Literature, Methods, Social-Scientific Approaches, Psychology, Reception History

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Review by Shawn Kelley
Published 10/8/2020
Citation: Shawn Kelley, review of Fiona C. Black and Jennifer L. Koosed, eds., Reading with Feeling: Affect Theory and the Bible, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2020).

Review by Brandon R. Grafius
Published 10/15/2020
Citation: Brandon R. Grafius, review of Fiona C. Black and Jennifer L. Koosed, eds., Reading with Feeling: Affect Theory and the Bible, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2020).

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