116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Bible Dramatized I

Session Chair: 
Leonard Koff, University of California, Los Angeles
Session 1: Friday 1:30 pm – 3 pm
Miller Hall 38
Topic Area: 


  1. Tamara Watkins, Virginia Commonwealth University
    In this presentation, I discuss the history of the Easter drama and how it can provide insight into modern day cinematic Scriptural adaptations. I interrogate issues in textual adaptation, including fidelity to source texts, and how secular influences problematize attempts to adapt a religious text for a lay audience.
  2. Maura Brady, Le Moyne College
    Drawing on new work in the history of intellectual disability, this paper offers a new reading of Milton’s drama, Samson Agonistes, and argues that Samson’s perseverance on his own folly points to anxieties about the social and political consequences of being a known fool in 17th century England. 
  3. Irene Montori, 'Sapienza' Università di Roma (Italy)
    In this paper I intend to touch upon an aspect of Samson’s multifaceted conversion at the end of the drama, which as far as I know, has not received considerable attention. This aspect is the literary transformation of Samson Agonistes into a sublime tragedy.
Session Cancelled: