Academic journal article Christianity and Literature

The Hospitable Text: New Approaches to Religion and Literature

Academic journal article Christianity and Literature

The Hospitable Text: New Approaches to Religion and Literature

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The Hospitable Text: New Approaches to Religion and Literature, a conference sponsored by the Conference on Christianity and Literature, Literature and Theology, Religion and Literature, the University of Notre Dame, and the Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship, will be held July 14-16, 2011, at the London Notre Dame Centre, United Kingdom.

Plenary lecturers will include: Julia Reinhard Lupton from the University of California, Irvine, and John Schad of Lancaster University. Other participants include: Jo Carruthers, Bristol University; Paul Contino, Pepperdine University; John Cox, Hope College; Robert Eaglestone, Royal Holloway, University of London; Mark Eaton, Azusa Pacific University; Peter Hawkins, Yale University; Emma Mason of Warwick University; and Susannah Monta, University of Notre Dame.

Recent years have seen a resurgence of interest in the relationship between religion and literature, with the broader critical turn to religion in the arts and humanities helping invigorate an interdisciplinary field. Recognizing the importance of talking further about various approaches to the field, this conference will bring together a wide variety of scholars in order to enable and enrich contemporary explorations of religion and literature. Contemporary theorists and theologians have paid considerable attention recently to the idea of hospitality, recognizing, among other things, the value of actively hosting viewpoints different from our own rather than merely tolerating their presence. With this in mind, papers are invited that address any of the following topics:

* Religious/literary/theological explorations of hospitality

* The relationship between religion and literature

* Literature and religious pluralism/difference

* Dialogism in the novel

* Controversy and literature

* Strangers, guests and visitors in literary texts

* Literary reflections on the Eucharist

* The relationship between the religious and the secular

* Related themes, such as friendship, tolerance, charity and peace

* Literature and the Bible

* Fundamentalism

* Religious violence

* Hermeneutical conversations

* Communal reading

Papers are not restricted to a particular faith or religious tradition nor to a particular historical period. …

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