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Professor Yvonne Sherwood

Professor of Biblical Cultures and Politics

 

Office: CW153

About

I came to Kent in 2013, after thirteen years working at the University of Glasgow and (before Glasgow) at the University of Roehampton, King's College London, and the University of Sheffield. In my research, I work on two levels simultaneously. I am active in the field of Biblical Studies (Old Testament/Hebrew Bible). I have led and worked on several sections at the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Academy of Religion. I am currently the co-editor of the Biblical Interpretation monograph series (Brill) and the co-editor of the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament. I also serve on the editorial board of the Journal of Biblical Literature. I will be giving one of the invited IOSOT lectures in Munich in 2013. At the same time, I work in Religious Studies (more expansively defined), and in a range of cross-disciplinary research contexts. For example, I have participated in the International Society of Intellectual History; the North American Association for the Study of Religion; the Gender and Canonicity Project (Oslo); the project ‘Traces of Judaism in Contemporary Thought’ (Krakow); the Secularisation Symposium, ‘Rechtskulturen: Confrontations Beyond Comparison’ (Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin and Humboldt University Faculty of Law); the workshop ‘Messianism and Prophecy: Figures of Twentieth Century Thought’, hosted by the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in German Literature and Culture at the University of Chicago; and the project ‘Terrorism and the Literary Imagination’ (Uppsala University).

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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
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. ed. (2004). Derrida's Bible: Reading a Page of Scripture with a Little Help from Derrida. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Sherwood, Y. and Bekkenkamp, J. eds. (2004). Sanctified Aggression: Legacies of Biblical and Post-Biblical Vocabularies of Violence. London: T&T Clark.
Sherwood, Y. and Hart, K. eds. (2004). Derrida and Religion: Other Testaments. Abingdon and New York: Routledge.
Article
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. (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. (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.
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. (2010). Luderen, der blev væk : fortolkernes problemer med Hoseas' Bog. Bibliana 1.
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. (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. (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. (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). 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. (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. (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.
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). 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.
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). 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. (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. (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). 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., 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). Isaac to Abraham. in: Davies, P. R. ed. Yours Faithfully: Virtual Letters From The Bible. London: Equinox Publishing.
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. (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. (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: 55 [See all in KAR]
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Teaching

Yvonne Sherwood teaches modules on the Bible.

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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: 25/08/2015