Vol. 18, no. 1 (2022): Eric C. Smith

The Affordances of bible and the Agency of Material in Assemblage – Eric C. Smith


This article employs a range of new materialist theories, especially Jane Bennett’s work on the agency of assemblages, to understand the relationship between bible and a fourth-century gold glass medallion that features images of the miracle at Cana and the raising of Lazarus. Understanding both this glass and bible to be part of multiple assemblages, this article contemplates the agency of both human and nonhuman material in the category of bible. Encountering bible in assemblages with differing (non-textual) materialities underscores the presence of material in biblical assemblages, the agency of that material, and the ways humans encounter bible in assemblages.

Key words: Jane Bennett, gold glass, assemblage, new materialism

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