[UPDATE] Women Reading/Writing the (King James) Bible (9/30)

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John Acker, Ohio State English Department
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The English Department at The Ohio State University will host an international conference in 2011 on the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James (or Authorized) Version of the Bible. Held in Columbus, Ohio from May 5-7, 2011, the conference will focus on the making of the KJV in the context of Reformation Bible translation and printing as well as on the KJV's long literary and cultural influence from Milton and Bunyan to Faulkner, Woolf, and Toni Morrison. Events will include plenary lectures and discussions, roundtable seminars, an exhibit by the OSU Rare Books and Manuscript Library, and a special reading and Q&A session with Pulitzer-Prize-winning author Edward P. Jones (Lost in the City; The Known World; All Aunt Hagar's Children). Submission deadlines have been extended, so don't miss the chance to participate in this exciting event! Please refer to http://kingjamesbible.osu.edu for further conference info, and contact kjvconference@osu.edu with any questions.

We are currently seeking participants for a roundtable seminar on the KJV and women writers. Each participant will submit a short position paper in advance of the conference; seminar leaders will then read all the papers, formulate discussion questions, and circulate the papers and questions to participants. The seminar leader will determine more precise schedules and seminar requirements, once enrollments have been reviewed and approved.

Papers may focus on authors from the seventeenth century to the present, including (as a sample) Katherine Philips, Margaret Cavendish, Anne Bradstreet, the Brontës, George Eliot, Emily Dickinson, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Christina Rossetti, Virginia Woolf, Flannery O'Connor, Elizabeth Bishop, and Marilynne Robinson. Topics might include modes and methods of allusion and adaptation, biblical women, and negotiating the patriarchal text and its language. Specific texts are open within the general area, but should encourage wide-ranging thematic discussion, which will comprise much of the actual conference.

Please submit questions or project titles & statements of interest to kjvconference@osu.edu by September 30, 2010. Thank you for your interest!