‘Bad Romance? Representations of David and Bathsheba in Popular Culture and the Erasure of Sexual Violence’ – CRPL Seminar, Feb’19

On the 14th February 2019, Dr Katie Edwards will present their paper ‘Bad Romance? Representations of David and Bathsheba in Popular Culture and the Erasure of Sexual Violence’ for the Centre of Religion and Public at the University of Leeds. Dr Katie Edwards is Director of the Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies and Lecturer in The Bible in Contemporary Culture and Society at the University of Sheffield. 

Abstract

‘The biblical characters David and Bathsheba make up one of the most famous biblical ‘couples’. In popular culture retellings of the story their relationship is depicted as a touching romance. The text, however, tells us something much more sinister. This paper will look at filmic versions of the David and Bathsheba story to see how – and why – the tale of rape and violence is transformed by film-makers into a narrative fit for Valentine’s Day. Whose interests are being served in attempts to erase sexual violence from the biblical story?’

This event will take place in Botany House (Room 1.03) between 11.30am-1pm on the 14th February at the University of Leeds. Please contact CRPL Intern – Hollie Gowan – at jh09hgg@leeds.ac.uk  if you have any questions.

Image Credit: Nicolas Rogeron @Flickr

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