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Mark As Story: Retrospect and Prospect

October 18, 2009

Last month when discussing performance criticism I alluded to a book that I am currently co-editing with my good friend, Dr. Kelly Iverson (University of St. Andrews). The book is entitled Mark as Story: Retrospect and Prospect and it aims to celebrate the groundbreaking Mark as Story (originally published 1982) as well as explore the new hermeneutical trajectories spawned in the wake of its publication. The idea for this book crystalized during a discussion in Boston at last year’s SBL. Well, after nearly a year of planning, recruting contributors, securing abstracts, and sending hundreds of emails, I received the formal contract in the mail this afternoon. I must admit I was pretty excited to see it.

What is even more exciting to me though is the subject matter addressed in the book. We have a cadre of leading Markan scholars as well as those interested in narrative criticism, reader-response criticism, performance criticism, and similar hermeneutical methods. Along with the obligatory essays of the two editors, the book will include contributions from Elizabeth Struthers Malbon, R. Alan Culpepper, Stephen Moore, Francis J. Moloney, Morna Hooker, Mark Allan Powell, Whitney Shiner, Robert Fowler, Joanna Dewey, and David Rhoads.

The book will not be in print until 2011 but I share this now because I really want to raise more opportunities for discussion about literary and reader-oriented hermeneutics in the blogosphere. I have been blogging a relatively short time now but I pay very close attention to the traffic I receive. By and large, posts related to literary hermeneutics generate about one quarter the amount of traffic as posts related to something in the historical-critical realm. This surprises me a little and frustrates me a great deal. I will be talking about this a lot in the near future but for now I would like to refer readers of my blog to a volume edited by Tom Thatcher and Stephen Moore that celebrates the achievements of Alan Culpepper’s Anatomy of the Fourth Gospel.

One Comment leave one →
  1. October 25, 2009 4:54 am

    I look forward to your book as well as future posts on this topic. I am very much interested in learning more about literary and reader-oriented hermeneutics, especially as related to Mark.

    Great blog!

    Thanks again,


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