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

Literature & Religion II

Session Chair: 
Dustin Lovett, "University of California, Santa Barbara"
Session 2: Friday 10 – 11:30 am
Ching 254


  1. Hannah Nahm, University of California, Los Angeles
    This paper reads Zora Neale Hurston’s last published and oft-maligned novel Seraph on the Suwanee (1948) alongside her most celebrated novel Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937) to argue that far from being a misguided text that has no bearing on the issues of race, Seraph is Hurston’s continued meditation on the theme of love—specifically, the Judeo-Christian neighbor-love between blacks and whites.  
  2. Tim Pingelton, University of Missouri, Kansas City
    Contrary to the popular notion that Ernest Hemingway’s war characters are atheists, my research reveals that these characters, in times of tumult, turn to nature as a hierophany to connect with the divine. These same works show war battling nature. These soldiers fight in wars to end war because war is contrary to nature, which is the divine.
  3. Sunyoung Lee, Arizona State University
    The confessant's shame remains performative in the late Middle English penitental manuals when the confessor needs to be ignorant of what constitutes "the unmentionable vice" or deviant sexual behavior. The confessor is advised to elicit a "faithful" confession about secret sexual sin by evoking shame, but the veracity of confessions cannot be confirmed.
Session Cancelled: