112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Christianity and Literature II: Religious References and Young Readers

Session Chair: 
L. Maggie Fanning, California Baptist University
Session 8: Saturday 3:30-5:00pm
RCC Meeting Room 1


  1. Erika Travis, California Baptist University
    In the future Card envisions in Ender's Game, religion has been suppressed and devalued by dominant society; however, its lingering presence haunts the main character, Andrew. His parents' mild assertions of religious heritage, including his and his siblings' names, his own self-naming, and the sacred moment he shares with a friend all acknowledge the power of religion. These moments culminate in process of repentance, forgiveness, and revival that end the novel.  
  2. Sharon Tang-Quan, Independent Scholar
    My paper examines the representation of Christianity in Gene Luen Yang’s Boxers and Saints (2013). Yang explores the 1898-1901 Boxer Rebellion through two adolescent protagonists. These graphic novels put pressure on notions of identity, faith, and nationhood.
  3. David Isaacs, California Baptist University
    In Gene Lien Yang’s graphic novels, the act of naming takes on supernatural dimensions. Characters in American Born Chinese and Boxers & Saints either receive or choose a new name, allowing them to establish a new identity in a culturally confused situation.
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