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

Literature and Religion II

Session Chair: 
Marc Malandra, Biola University
Session 6: Saturday 3:15 pm – 4:45 pm
Bond Hall 104


  1. Everett Wade, Belhaven University
    This paper explores how John Milton’s Satan stages the temptation of Christ in Paradise Regained (1671). By setting Christ temptation in locations where he himself was tempted, Satan recreates the enticements that lured him to pursue evil over good. This staging results in a Satan-Christ typology that emphasizes choice over divine predestination, thus reflecting Milton’s Arminian theology.
  2. Derek Brown, The United States Military Academy at West Point
    In this paper, I explore the crossroads between spiritual conversion and theatrical performance.  From a performative perspective, an actor leaving the stage and a recent convert leaving a church have much in common.  Conversion requires performance, and performance demands conversion.  Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress and other spiritual allegories affirm this connection.
  3. Abby Rogers, Northwest University
    As the speaker of Matthew Arnold’s dramatic monologue “Dover Beach” rejects both the religious faith and the sensual beauty that gild reality’s violence, the poem commentates on the relationship between ontology and the aesthetic; read in light of Arnoldian poetic theory, the poem’s aesthetic landscape suggests that a loss of traditional religious faith compromises the poetic imagination.  
Session Cancelled: