CUNY-Fordham Book Club in Jewish Studies
The Literary Imagination in Jewish Antiquity
a conversation between
Eva Mroczek (UC, Davis), Karina Hogan (Fordham), and Karen B. Stern (Brooklyn College, CUNY)
Tuesday, March 24, 6PM
Fordham University-Lincoln Center
Gabelli School of Business
Room 213, 140 West 62nd Street, New York, NY 10023
Using familiar sources such as the Psalms, Ben Sira, and Jubilees, Eva Mroczek (Associate Professor of Religious Studies, University of California, Davis) tells an unfamiliar story about sacred writing not bound in a Bible. In listening to the way ancient writers describe their own literature-rife with their own metaphors and narratives about writing, The Literary Imagination in Jewish Antiquity (Oxford University Press, 2016) also argues for greater suppleness in our own scholarly imagination, no longer bound by modern canonical and bibliographic assumptions.
The Literary Imagination in Jewish Antiquity was a winner of the 2017 Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise; the 2017 The George A. and Jean S. DeLong Book History Book Prize, and was a finalist for the Jordan Schnitzer Book Award from the Association of Jewish Studies.