115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Literature & Religion I

Session Chair: 
Arpi Movsesian, University of California, Santa Barbara
Session 1: Friday 8:15 – 9:45 am
Ching 254


  1. Dustin Lovett, "University of California, Santa Barbara"
    This paper explores the peculiarities of religious anxieties from the Renaissance through the Enlightenment by examining their representations in the figure of Mephistopheles in the various adaptations of the Faust legend.
  2. Michael McShane, Carthage College
    Shakespeare’s King Lear is insistently focused on revelation, in two senses: in its etymological sense, as un-veiling or dis-covery, and in its religious sense, as apocalypse (from Greek -- un-hiding) in the final days. Thus the play gathers together themes of clothing (nakedness and undressing) with those of truth (as aletheia -- unconcealment), divine justice, and temporality (the revelatory agency of Time itself).
  3. Melissa Schubert, Biola University
    This paper considers Shakespeare's dynamic presentation of ostensibly miraculous phenomena in his late plays Cymbeline, Pericles, and The Winter's Tale in light of contemporaneous controversies about the the status of miracle claims in early modern religious thought. Shakespeare repurposes these controversies to enliven his some of his last dramatic experiments.
  4. Erica Cefalo, University of Maryland, College Park
    This paper examines Zola’s use of water imagery in La Faute de l’abbé Mouret. I will explore: 1.) The role of water as a mystical life source in Zola’s concept of natural religion, and 2.) Zola’s connections between waters of the Earth and essential human liquids, including references to the four humors.
Session Cancelled: