First Fridays, Dec. 6 — Prof. Sue Zemka and ‘Joseph as Queer Hero’
December’s First Friday features a bracing talk on gender roles and Biblical behavior!
Sue Zemka is a Professor in the Department of English and in the Program for Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is the author of Time and the Moment in Victorian Literature and Society (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and Victorian Testaments: The Bible, Christology, and Literary Authority in Victorian Culture (Stanford University Press, 1997).
“Joseph, the Queer Hero of Genesis and Some Reflections on Teaching ‘The Bible as Literature’”
“Drawing on textual, exegetical, and historical materials, I will offer a reading of the Joseph story as a family drama centered on gender identity. The Joseph story, I will suggest, gives us a protagonist with what were for his times non-masculine, non-normative traits, and the Bible author(s) relate how his family first rejects him, only to be later saved and spiritually enriched by his actions — and by the very traits for which they rejected him in the first place. I will also share my experiences — and as near as I can tell, that of my students — after giving a lecture on this topic in a college course titled “The Bible as Literature.” (The relevant chapters in the Hebrew Bible are Gen. 37-40.) “
FLOOD RECOVERY UPDATE:
Here’s a video report from local television station KUSA Channel 9 on our predicament:
Boulder synagogue faces long road to recovery. 9NEWS at 6 p.m. 10/04/13.
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Our home away from home! During the post-flood reconstruction of our shul, we are grateful to have the use of Boulder’s Universalist Unitarian Church at 5001 Pennsylvania Ave. It will host all our Friday and Saturday activities until further notice.