116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Literature and Religion I

Session Chair: 
Haein Park, Biola University
Session 5: Saturday 1:25 pm – 2:55 pm
Bond Hall 104


  1. Sarah Buchmeier, University of Illinois at Chicago
    Postsecular critics habitually describe secularism in vaporous terms and have been curiously silent regarding the Secularist movement of the postbellum era. Reading Melville’s Billy Budd, I argue that this omission signals both Secularism’s successful escape from definition in the twentieth century and postsecularism’s inadequacies as a critique of the secular. 
  2. Kaitlyn Smith, University of South Carolina
    This paper examines the ways in which Harriet Wilson's position as a spiritualist medium, as well as her treatment of religion in her autobiographical novel Our Nig, allowed to to manipulate her role as a disabled African American woman to claim power and respectability for herself. 
  3. Marc Malandra, Biola University
    Li-Young Lee and Theodore Roethke have consistently shown in their work an interest in the transcendent. Looking at some of their shared influences, I will draw out Li-Young Lee and Theodore Roethke’s shared belief in poetry as a spiritual or sacred practice, and as a means of confronting spiritual realities.  
  4. Md. Shakhaowat Hossain, North South University
    Since decolonization, Islam and Muslims replaced the natives at the turn of the twentieth century, and have become the “other” as a result of the stereotypical representations through neo-Orientalist discourse and media. This paper argues that the state of the “other” that Muslims live in today is produced by the dominant Western discourse, taking as example Jonathan Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2005).
Session Cancelled: