The Writer and Religion

The Writer and Religion

The Writer and Religion

The Writer and Religion

Synopsis

These essays and panel discussions made up the Writer and Religion Conference held at Washington University in St. Louis. The six essays, all by writers of international stature, were followed by panel discussions, with audience participation. The featured essayists are Eavan Boland, J. M. Coetzee, William Gaddis, Amitav Ghosh, A. G. Mojtabai, and Hanan al-Shaykh.

Excerpt

The International Writers Center presented the Writer and Religion Conference at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, October 23-26, 1994. Its predecessor, the Writer in Politics, was presented in 1992 and generated the first volume (in 1996) in the International Writers Center series published by Southern Illinois University Press in Carbondale. This second conference had the same format as the first: the presentation of six essays followed by panel discussions in which the audience was invited to participate. There were two panels each of the three days, morning and afternoon, and literary readings in the evenings. This volume contains the essays and discussions as transcribed from audiocassette (and memory where that failed, as much as that form of magnetic tape will allow). There is a volume devoted to the conference theme published by New Letters (vol. 60, no. 4), as there was for The Writer and Politics (vol. 58, no. 4).

We are grateful to those who worked on this book: transcribers Diana Kasdan, Debi Katz, Joy Katz, Julia Hanna, Brian Mitchell, Rachel Schwartz-Simckes, and Sharon Wahl; and editorial assistants Sally Ball, Lana Bittman, Ruthie Epstein, Jason Feuerstein, Jamie Hayes, Kelly Morris, Todd Price, Jeffrey Rueppel, Anne Townsend, and Derek Webster.

Mira Tanna managed another miracle, so sainthood cannot be far off. We owe special thanks to Michelle Komie for her Virgilian feat. in this Comedy she gets to Paradise.

We are indebted to the Arts and Education Council, the Harry Edison Foundation, the Missouri Arts Council, and the Regional Arts Commission for financial support. Additional support was provided by these Washington University departments: African and Afro-American Studies, Asian and Near Eastern Languages, Assembly Series, Committee on Comparative Literature, English, Germanic Languages and Literatures, Romance Languages and Literatures, and the Women's Studies Program.

We are once again profoundly grateful to William H. Danforth, chancellor of Washington University from 1970 to 1995, for his support of the International Writers Center.

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