Why does the story of Cain and Abel leave out what we would consider essential details? Is there a reason for this silence? Works of fiction that imagine a historical event from an untold perspective are as popular as ever, and recent years have seen an influx of fiction that gives voice to silent characters in older works of fiction. By imagining what other characters might have said, we also come to a deeper understanding of the text.

Note on the Author

Kevin Kalish is Assistant Professor in the Department of English.