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Professor Yvonne Sherwood

Professor of Biblical Cultures and Politics

 

Office: Cornwallis West 153

Office Hours: By appointment (off campus 9 Feb - 9 March)

About

Yvonne Sherwood has degrees in English Literature, Jewish Studies and Religious Studies (Hebrew Bible PhD 1995). Having taught for over twenty years at the University of Sheffield, King's College London, Roehampton University, and the University of Glasgow, she moved to the University of Kent in January 2013. She was appointed as the Speakers Lecturer at the University of Oxford in 2015 and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Oslo in 2017. She is a visiting fellow at the Centre for Advanced Studies at Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich in Spring 2018. Well known internationally (especially in Europe and North America), Yvonne is the author of four monographs, six edited collections and over seventy articles and book chapters. Publications include Biblical Blaspheming: Trials of the Sacred for a Secular Age (Cambridge University Press, 2012) shortlisted for the American Academy Awards for Excellence Book Prize; The Invention of the Biblical Scholar: A Critical Manifesto (with Stephen D. Moore; Fortress, 2011); Derrida and Religion: Other Testaments (with Kevin Hart; Routledge, 2004); and The Bible and Feminism: Remapping the Field (Oxford University Press, 2017). Her current research projects are on the politics of migration and the figure of the 'resident alien'; blasphemy; sacrifice (especially the sacrifice of Abraham/Ibrahim); colonial Bibles; and genealogies of religion and the secular. She particularly enjoys working with postgraduate students on the Master's programme in Kent and Paris. She invites informal applications from PhD candidates (by email). She very much enjoys the intensive one-to-one work of the UK PhD system and has seen fourteen students to successful completion of their PhD. 

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Publications

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Book
Sherwood, Y. (2012). Biblical Blaspheming: Trials of the Sacred for a Secular Age. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Sherwood, Y. and Moore, S. (2011). The Invention of the Biblical Scholar: A Critical Manifesto. Minneapolis, USA: Fortress Press.
Sherwood, Y. (2001). A Biblical Text and its Afterlives. The Survival of Jonah in Western Culture. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Sherwood, Y. (1996). The Prostitute and the Prophet: Hosea's Marriage in Literary-Theoretical Perspective. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press.
Edited book
Sherwood, Y. (2017). The Bible and Feminism: Remapping the Field. [Online]. Sherwood, Y. ed. Oxford University Press. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198722618.001.0001.
Fewell, D.N., Phillips, G.A. and Sherwood, Y. eds. (2008). Representing the Irreparable: The Shoah, the Bible, and the Art of Samuel Bak. Boston, MA: Pucker Gallery.
Sherwood, Y. and Bird, D. eds. (2005). Bodies in Question: Gender, Religion, Text. Aldershot: Ashgate.
Sherwood, Y. and Bekkenkamp, J. eds. (2004). Sanctified Aggression: Legacies of Biblical and Post-Biblical Vocabularies of Violence. London: T&T Clark.
Sherwood, Y. ed. (2004). Derrida's Bible: Reading a Page of Scripture with a Little Help from Derrida. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Sherwood, Y. and Hart, K. eds. (2004). Derrida and Religion: Other Testaments. Abingdon and New York: Routledge.
Article
Sherwood, Y. (2017). Grammars of Sacrifice: Futures, Subjunctives, and What Would Have/Could Have Happened on Mount Moriah? Biblical Interpretation [Online] 25:519-554. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1163/15685152-02545P05.
Sherwood, Y. (2013). Comparing the 'Telegraph Bible' of the Late British Empire to the Chaotic Bible of the Sixteenth Century Spanish Empire: Beyond the Canaan Mandate into Anxious Parables of the Land. In the Name of God: The Bible in the Colonial Discourse of Empire [Online] 126:4-62. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/9789004259126_003.
Sherwood, Y. (2013). Francisco de Vitoria's More Excellent Way: How the Bible of Empire Discovered the Tricks of [the Argument from] Trade. Biblical Interpretation [Online] 21:215-275. Available at: http://doi.org/10.1163/15685152-0018A0004.
Blanton, W. and Sherwood, Y. (2013). Shallow Graves: Toward a Philosophical Comedy of Tears Over the Serial Dying of Gods. Derrida Today [Online] 6:78-96. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/drt.2013.0053.
Sherwood, Y. (2011). The Place of Religion in the Iconography of Democracy and the Politics/Aesthetics of 'Representation' (Race/Religion/Sex). The Bible and Critical Theory [Online] 7:1-8. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.2104%2Fbct.v7i2.417.
Sherwood, Y. (2010). Luderen, der blev væk : fortolkernes problemer med Hoseas' Bog. Bibliana 1.
Moore, S. and Sherwood, Y. (2010). Biblical Studies 'after' Theory: Onwards Towards the Past Part Two: The Secret Vices of the Biblical God. Biblical Interpretation [Online] 18:87-113. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/092725609X12586198053011.
Moore, S. and Sherwood, Y. (2010). Biblical Studies 'after' Theory. Onwards Towards the Past Part One. After 'after Theory', and Other Apocalyptic Conceits. Biblical Interpretation [Online] 18:1-27. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/092725610X12547454150488.
Moore, S. and Sherwood, Y. (2010). Biblical Studies 'after' Theory.Onwards Towards the Past Part Three: Theory in the First and Second Waves. Biblical Interpretation: A Journal of Contemporary Approaches [Online] 18:191-225. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/156851510X492454.
Sherwood, Y. (2008). Abraham in London, Marburg-Istanbul and Israel: Between Theocracy and Democracy, Ancient Text and Modern State. Biblical Interpretation [Online] 16:105-153. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/156851507X194251.
Sherwood, Y. (2008). The God of Abraham and Exceptional States, or The Early Modern Rise of the Whig/Liberal Bible. Journal of the American Academy of Religion [Online] 76:312-343. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jaarel/lfn008.
Sherwood, Y. (2006). Bush's Bible as a Liberal Bible (Strange Though That Might Seem). Postscripts: The Journal of Sacred Texts and Contemporary Worlds 2:47-58.
Sherwood, Y. (2004). Binding-Unbinding: Divided Responses of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam to the "Sacrifice" of Abraham's Beloved Son. Journal of the American Academy of Religion [Online] 72:821-861. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jaarel/lfh081.
Sherwood, Y. (1996). "White Mythology" or "Metaphor in the Text of Theology": Jacques Derrida Among the Prophets of the Hebrew Bible. Imprimatur: A Journal of Criticism and Theory 1:83-89.
Book section
Sherwood, Y. (2017). The Impossibility of Queering the Mother: New Sightings of the Virgin Mother in the 'Secular' State. in: Sherwood, Y. ed. The Bible and Feminism: Remapping the Field. Oxford University Press. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198722618.003.0037.
Sherwood, Y. (2016). The Problem of 'Belief'. in: Carling, A. ed. The Social Equality of Religion or Belief. UK: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 51-67. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137501950_2.
Sherwood, Y. (2015). On the Freedom of the Concepts of Religion and Belief. in: Sullivan, W. F. et al. eds. Politics of Religious Freedom. Chicargo University Press, pp. 29-44. Available at: http://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/P/bo19986340.html.
Sherwood, Y. (2014). Prophetic 'Postcolonialism': Performing the Disaster of the Spanish Conquest on the Stage of Jeremiah. in: Maier, C. M. ed. Congress Volume Munich 2013. Leiden: Brill, pp. 300-332. Available at: http://www.brill.com/products/book/congress-volume-munich-2013.
Sherwood, Y. (2014). The Hagaramic and the Abrahamic, or Abraham the non-European. in: Mason, E. ed. Reading the Abrahamic Faiths. London: Bloomsbury, pp. 17-46. Available at: http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/reading-the-abrahamic-faiths-9781472509505/.
Sherwood, Y. (2014). Cutting up "Life": Sacrifice as a Device for Clarifying — and Tormenting — Fundamental Distinctions Between Human, Animal and Divine. in: Koosed, J. ed. The Bible and Posthumanism. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature.
Sherwood, Y. (2014). Spectres of Abraham, Shadows of Paul. in: Bielik-Robson, A. and Lipszyc, A. eds. Judaism in Contemporary Thought: Traces and Influence. London: Routledge.
Sherwood, Y. (2013). The Perverse Commitment to Overcrowding and Doubling in Genesis: Implications for Ethics and Politics. in: Dell, K. J. and Joyce, P. M. eds. Biblical Interpretation and Method Essays in Honour of John Barton. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Blanton, W. and Sherwood, Y. (2013). Bible/Religion/Critique. in: King, R. ed. Theory/Religion/Critique: Classic and Contemporary Approaches. New York: Columbia University Press.
Sherwood, Y. (2013). Biblicisation without Templates, or Accidents of the Biblical in Sixteenth Century Mesoamerica. in: Crouch, C. L. and Stökl, J. eds. In the Name of God: The Bible in the Colonial Discourse of Empire. Leiden: Brill.
Sherwood, Y. (2013). 'Napalm Falling like Prostitutes': Occidental Apocalypse as Managed Volatility. in: Wieser, V. et al. eds. Abendländische Apokalyptik Kompendium zur Genealogie der Endzeit. Berlin: Oldenbourg Akademieverlag.
Sherwood, Y. (2012). Reflections on "Modern" Biblical Studies, or Why Philip Davies is (Just a Little Bit) Like Immanuel Kant. in: Burns, D. and Rogerson, J. W. eds. In Search of Philip R.Davies: Whose Festschrift is it Anyway? London: T&T Clark.
Brummitt, M. and Sherwood, Y. (2011). The Fear of Loss Inherent in Writing: Jeremiah 36 as the Tedious Self-Narration of a Highly Self-Conscious Scroll. in: Stulman, L. and Diamond, A. R. P. eds. Jeremiah (Dis)Placed: New Directions in Writing/reading Jeremiah. London and New York: T&T Clark, pp. 47-67.
Sherwood, Y. (2010). On the Genesis of the Alliance between the Bible and Rights. in: Coomber, M. J. M. ed. Bible and Justice: Ancient Texts, Modern Challenges. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 1-28.
Sherwood, Y. (2010). "Tongue-Lashing" or a Prophetic Aesthetics of Violation: An Analysis of Prophetic Structures that Echo Beyond the Biblical World. in: O'Brien, J. M. and Franke, C. eds. The Aesthetics of Violence in the Prophets. London: T&T Clark.
Sherwood, Y. (2010). Scenes of Textual Repentance and Critique/Confession: King David between the Renaissance and the Reformation, the "Secular" and the "Sacred" and Samuel and Psalms. in: Linafelt, T., Camp, C. V. and Beal, T. eds. The Fate of King David: The Past and Present of a Biblical Icon. London: T&T Clark, pp. 32-60.
Orr, L. and Sherwood, Y. (2009). Love in/of the Bible: Returning (to) Divine Love in the Book of Hosea. in: Sugirtharajah, R. S. ed. Caught Reading Again: Scholars and Their Books. London: SCM Press, pp. 187-204.
Sherwood, Y. (2009). Sacred Tropes: Tanakh, New Testament and Qur'an as Literature and Culture. in: Sabbath, R. S. ed. Sacred Tropes: Tanakh, New Testament, and Qur'an as Literature and Culture. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, pp. 115-142.
Sherwood, Y. (2008). Iconoclash and Akedah: Holocaust and Sacrifice in the Art of Samuel Bak. in: Fewell, D. N., Phillips, G. A. and Sherwood, Y. eds. Representing the Irreparable: The Shoah, the Bible, and the Art of Samuel Bak. Boston, MA: Pucker Gallery, pp. 125-150.
Sherwood, Y. (2007). Prophetic Literature. in: Hass, A., Jasper, D. and Jay, E. eds. The Oxford Handbook of English Literature and Theology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Sherwood, Y. (2006). "Passion-Binding-Passion". in: Burrus, V. and Keller, C. eds. Toward a Theology of Eros: Transfiguring Passion at the Limits of Discipline. New York: Fordham University Press, pp. 169-193.
Sherwood, Y. (2005). When Johannes de Silentio sounds like Johanna de Silentio: Strange Harmonies and Discords in the "Attunement" Section of Fear and Trembling. in: Sherwood, Y. and Bird, D. eds. Bodies in Question: Gender, Religion, Text. Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 3-13.
Sherwood, Y. (2004). Textual Carcasses and Isaac's Scar, or What Jewish Interpretation Makes of the Violence that Almost Takes Place on Mount Moriah. in: Sherwood, Y. and Bekkenkamp, J. eds. Sanctified Aggression: Legacies of Biblical and Post-Biblical Vocabularies of Violence. London: T&T Clark, pp. 22-43.
Sherwood, Y. (2004). Isaac to Abraham. in: Davies, P. R. ed. Yours Faithfully: Virtual Letters From The Bible. London: Equinox Publishing.
Sherwood, Y. (2004). And Sarah Died. in: Sherwood, Y. ed. Derrida's Bible: Reading a Page of Scripture with a Little Help from Derrida. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 261-292.
Sherwood, Y. (2004). Other Testaments. in: Sherwood, Y. and Hart, K. eds. Derrida and Religion: Other Testaments. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, pp. 3-26.
Sherwood, Y. (2004). The Thin Blade of Difference Between Real Swords and Words about "Sharp-Edged Iron Things": Reflections on How People Use the Word. in: Sherwood, Y. and Bekkenkamp, J. eds. Sanctified Aggression: Legacies of Biblical and Post-Biblical Vocabularies of Violence. London: T&T Clark, pp. 1-9.
Sherwood, Y. and Caputo, J. (2004). Otobiographies, or How a Torn and Disembodied Ear Hears a Promise of Death [A Pre-arranged Meeting between Yvonne Sherwood and John D. Caputo and the Book of Amos and Jacques Derrida]. in: Sherwood, Y. and Hart, K. eds. Derrida and Religion: Other Testaments. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, pp. 209-239.
Sherwood, Y., Hunter, A. and Davies, P. (2004). To the Authors of the Bible. in: Davies, P. R. ed. Yours Faithfully: Virtual Letters From The Bible. Equinox Publishing Limited.
Sherwood, Y. (2004). Derrida's Bible. in: Sherwood, Y. ed. Derrida's Bible: Reading a Page of Scripture with a Little Help from Derrida. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 1-20.
Sherwood, Y. (2001). Feminist Scholarship. in: Rogerson, J. ed. The Oxford Illustrated History of the Bible. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 296-315.
Sherwood, Y. (2000). Derrida. in: Adam, A. K. M. ed. Handbook of Postmodern Biblical Interpretation. St Louis: Chalice Press, pp. 69-75.
Sherwood, Y. (1995). Boxing Gomer: Controlling the Deviant Woman in Hosea 1–3. in: Brenner, A. ed. A Feminist Companion to the Bible: The Latter Prophets. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, pp. 101-125.
Internet publication
Sherwood, Y. (2012). The Politics of Religious Freedom:On the Freedom of the Concepts of Religion and Belief [Digital Blog Forum Article]. Available at: http://blogs.ssrc.org/tif/2012/11/13/on-the-freedom-of-the-concepts-of-religion-and-belief/.
Sherwood, Y. (2004). Jacques Derrida and Biblical Studies [Forum Article]. Available at: http://sbl-site.org/Article.aspx?ArticleID=332.
Total publications in KAR: 59 [See all in KAR]
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Teaching

Yvonne Sherwood teaches on a range of undergraduate modules including Gods and Government (political theologies) and Blasphemy. She also teaches on the MA in Canterbury and Paris.

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Religious Studies, School of European Culture and Languages, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

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Last Updated: 09/08/2018