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

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Literature and Religion

Session Chair: 
Haein Park, Biola University
Session 3: Friday 2:00-3:30pm
Marriott Embassy


  1. Victoria Chandler, University of South Carolina
    Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping presents two different interpretations of home, a settled home and a transient, entropic form of home. This paper argues that although each version of home is valuable and valid, neither home is perfect because a perfect home would need to be eternal in order to be completely fulfilling.
  2. Melissa Brotton, La Sierra University
    Whether or not a prophet loses his mind during encounters with the divine has long been a subject of thought in Jewish studies. Robert Browning explores the concepts of madness and ecstasy in two poems, “Saul” and “An Epistle Containing the Strange Medical Experience of Karshish: the Arab Physician.” 
  3. Edward Yang, Claremont Graduate University
    J.D. Salinger addresses a tension between performance and authenticity in his novels Catcher In the Rye and Franny and Zooey. It becomes clear in his work that Salinger is attempting to answer questions about the authenticity of performance with religious ideas. Through Catcher In the Rye and Franny and Zooey, Salinger illustrates that interaction, and constant repetition of performance, are the only ways to escape awareness of performance and believe in its authenticity.
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