Sunday 1st and Monday 2nd December 2019
Oriel College, University Oxford
Organizers: Hindy Najman (Oriel); Daniel Weidner (ZFL); Adriana X. Jacobs (St. Cross); Yael Fisch (Oriel); Rebekah Van Sant-Clark (Oriel)
Is a common reading possible across languages, cultures, and disciplines? Under what terms may texts be compared and shared while acknowledging their differences? Revisiting Hartman and Budick’s 1986 volume Midrash and Literature, this conference will examine the continued relevance of the hermeneutical vocabulary by which we bring texts together, but also consider the possibility of new models and approaches. Bringing together scholars whose work and reading practices move between the ancient and modern, we will address the philological, compositional, and literary implications of a common reading.