Patricia Duncan

"Novel History: Scriptural Exegesis in the Pseudo-Clementine Homilies"

The Divinity School has been a wonderfully challenging and enriching place for me throughout my time in the MDiv and PhD programs, and I'm so thrilled that my efforts here will be capped by participation in the Martin Marty Center Junior Fellowship program. The school has equipped me well to scrutinize and interpret the text that is the subject of my dissertation, a fourth-century Greek novel known as the Pseudo-Clementine Homilies, and I have already drafted much of my argument in a way that feels accountable to the rigors of my discipline. What I hope the seminar will provide is the kind of intelligent interdisciplinary critique that can help me open up my work to a wider audience in the most compelling way possible, without compromising any of the painstaking effort that has gone into the research and writing. Likewise, I look forward to learning from other dissertation writers what wisdom they have gained about the writing process, to engaging with the fruits of their labors, and to thinking together with them and with our faculty leaders about the distinctive challenges of teaching and writing about religion.