For release: October 28, 2011
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The King James Bible is the most influential version of the most influential book
in the world, written in the most influential language in the world. More than a foundation
for faith, it is recognized as great literature. Dr. Robert Alter, professor of Hebrew
language and comparative literature at the University of California at Berkeley, will
shed light on the formative impact of the King James version of the Bible, both as
a translation and as a masterwork, in his talk “The King James Bible and the Question
of Eloquence” on Thursday, Nov. 10, in the University Center Theatre at the University
A reception will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the lecture at 6:30. Presented by the
Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities, the lecture is free and open to the public.
Alter has produced his own celebrated translation of the Bible. His most recent book
is Pen of Iron: American Prose and the King James Bible. His address at the U of M will further illuminate one of the most important religious
texts ever written.
Alter’s presentation is made possible by the U of M’s Department of English under
the auspices of its annual Naseeb Shaheen Memorial Lecture. The University of Memphis
is working in partnership with Rhodes College, and Alter’s keynote lecture inaugurates
a series of events exploring the 1611 translation of the Bible, including a Nov. 11
symposium, also featuring Alter. (For more information on the symposium, visit www.rhodes.edu/1611.)
Alter’s visit also is sponsored by the Rhodes College Pearce Shakespeare Endowment,
Christian Brothers University, the Project for the Study of Liberal Democracy, and
the Society for Comparative Research on Iconic and Performative Texts (SCRIPT), with
a major matching grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission.
Parking is available in the Zach Curlin garage, adjacent to the University Center.
More information about this lecture and other events and programs of the Marcus Orr
Center is available online at www.memphis.edu/moch.