PSCO Presentation: Friday, 17 November, 2006 at SBL

"Shifting Strategies: Monks, Demons, and Historians"
David Brakke

The next PSCO session will be with David Brakke (Indiana University) on Friday, November 17, 2006, 7:30-9:00 pm at the SBL/AAR Annual Meetings in Washington, D.C. We will meet in the Washington Convention Center, Room 149 A. Please Note the Time: 7:30 not the usual 7:00.

In his recent book, Demons and the Making of the Monk: Spiritual Combat in Early Christianity (Harvard University Press 2006), Brakke considers the creation of Egyptian monastic identity alongside the development of demonology. Using recent theoretical discussions of race and gender to explore the Othering of these demonic forces, Brakke's insights fit well into our theme for this year.

More information about David Brakke is available from his faculty webpage.

Recommended Reading

"The Lady Appears: Materializations of 'Woman' in Early Monastic Literature." Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 33 (2003): 387-402. Reprinted in The Cultural Turn in Late Ancient Studies: Asceticism, Gender, and Historiography, 25-39. Ed. Dale B. Martin and Patricia Cox Miller. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2005.

"Ethiopian Demons: Male Sexuality, the Black-Skinned Other, and the Monastic Self." Journal of the History of Sexuality 10 (2001): 501-35. A briefer and less theoretically explicit version is chapter 7 Brakke's Demons and the Making of the Monk.