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

Religion in American Literature II

Session Chair: 
Justina Torrance, Harvard University
Session 8: Saturday 3:05 – 4:35 pm
Henry 210


  1. Jon Omuro, University of Oregon
    This presentation is fixated on Horus Gilgamesh’s Awkward Moments of the Children’s Bible, Vol. 1 (2013), an adult picture book that parodies the Bible by illustrating biblical scriptures with child unfriendly images of gore, sex, and God’s sexy ass. Using semiotic, religious, and queer theory, I read this text as not only a satirical one, but one that is life affirming to “childish adults”—those individuals who don’t quite fit into the heteropatriachichal standards normalized by religious right ideologies.
  2. Lynda Zwinger, University of Arizona
    This paper centers Buddhist notions of time and subjectivity (specifically, Eihei Dōgen's "Uji") and Henry James. James’s writing, like Dōgen's, is preoccupied with finding ways to present us with a capacious flow of time, being, things, and selves as co-present with one another.
  3. Lane Davey, University of Hawaii Manoa
    Evolutions of biblical exegesis in apocalyptic literature reveal that African religious ethics have survived through Christian syncretism in the black church. This provocative rhetoric is preserved in the earliest forms of African American protest pamphlets, which culminate in the social critiques of James Baldwin and cultivate the Civil Rights Movement.
Session Cancelled: