Religious Studies

in the Department of Philosophy and Religion

Religion Forum Lecture: The Horror of Hosea

Dr. Rhiannon Graybill (Rhodes)

Tuesday, November 11 at 4:30 pm

Bryant Hall 209

“The Horror of Hosea: Female Bodies and Masculine Anxieties in Hosea 1-3”

This talk takes up the problematics of gender and embodiment in Hosea 1-3 by reading the text as a horror film. The opening chapters of the biblical book of Hosea are dominated by the spectacle of the suffering female body. Drawing on Carol Clover’s work on gender and horror, Professor Graybill will argue that the tortured female body in Hosea provides a material ground for negotiating the anxieties of masculinity.

Dr. Rhiannon Graybill is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, where she also teaches in the Gender and Sexuality Studies program. She is the author of the forthcoming “Masculinity, Embodiment, and the Hebrew Prophets” (Oxford 2015). Together with her colleagues John Kaltner and Steven McKenzie, she is also writing the new Anchor Bible Commentary on the Book of Jonah (Yale University Press).

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