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The New Historicism

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New historicism has been a highly controversial and influential movement in university literature departments for decades. Biblical studies now wrestles with this force and evaluates its potential as a framework for interpretation. With lucid and jargon-free description, this study sets forth new historicism for the nonspecialist. Defining new historicism as a mindset rather than a method, it traces the development, discusses recurring features, and offers illustrations of this new literary approach. In this approach, biblical texts are plunged back into the swirling currents of historical context to disclose their presupposed plural, contradictory, fragmentary, and heterogeneous character. This includes the histories associated, represented, and embedded in those texts. In the process, the carefully guarded distinctions between text and context, history and literature, past and present, fade.

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  • Title: The New Historicism
  • Author: Gina Hens-Piazza
  • Series: Guides to Biblical Scholarship
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Print Publication Date: 2002
  • Logos Release Date: 2016
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Bible. O.T. › Criticism, interpretation, etc
  • ISBNs: 0800629892, 9780800629892
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-09-30T01:47:38Z

Dr. Hens-Piazza’s teaching and writing on the Hebrew Bible, the biblical prophets and cultural, literary and feminist studies have lead her to assist parishes and RCIA directors in developing Bible study programs. At the Jesuit School, she also teaches courses like Reading and Praying the Bible in the Parish, the Old Testament as Literature in Culture and Hebrew Language. Dr. Hens-Piazza frequently lectures at national Bible institutes, including Georgetown, College Misericordia, LA Catholic Bible Institute and the Sacred Heart Bible Institute. She serves on the editorial board for Catholic Biblical Quarterly and is the author of New Historicism—Guides to Biblical Scholarship (Fortress Press, forthcoming, Spring 2002) and Of Methods. Monarch, and Meanings—An Approach to Socio-Rhetorical Interpretation (Mercer Press, 1996.)


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