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

Religion in American Literature I

Session Chair: 
Martin W Kevorkian, University of Texas, Austin
Session 7: Saturday 1:15 – 2:45 pm
Henry 210


  1. Emily Butler-Probst, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
    This essay analyzes Herman Melville’s subversive use of the Bible to suggest that Melville’s works should be read in a typological manner. Melville reuses themes from his earlier works in later works so that readers can understand the significance of these themes when they reoccur and connect the two texts.   
  2. Justina Torrance, Harvard University
    This paper explores how vision is related to character in Melville’s Billy Budd, with particular attention to the perception of evil. It argues Melville gives us a typology of different ways of seeing and responding to the world in three or four exceptional characters, or “phenomenal men,” and attempts to hone our perceptive capabilities through fiction. It concludes with the religious virtue of hope as a mode of seeing realistically according to character.
  3. Tae Sung, California Baptist University
    This proposal examines the language of gifts found in literary pragmatists such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and William James. What their rhetoric of gifts demonstrates is both their anticipation of more recent theoretical discourses about the contradictions of gifts and an alternative framework with which to think about gifts in non-economic terms. 
Session Cancelled: