THE CONFERENCE ON CHRISTIANITY AND LITERATURE is an interdisciplinary society dedicated to exploring the relationships between Christianity and literature. Organized formally in 1956, CCL is dedicated to both scholarly excellence and collegial exchange and includes hundreds of members from a variety of academic institutions and religious traditions from the United States, Canada, and more than a dozen other countries.
CCL AT MLA 2014
◼ At the Chicago MLA Convention, Katherine Paterson will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at a ceremony to
be held during the CCL luncheon on Friday, January 10, 2014. We hope you will be able to join us at this festive event, which will be held from 12:00-1:30 pm at Chicago's acclaimed Frontera Grill at 445 N. Clark St., a few blocks west of the main convention venues.
The cost for the luncheon will be $40, and you may secure a spot by sending a check to: Mark Eaton,
411 Prospect Circle, South Pasadena, CA 91030.
In addition, on Saturday, January 11, CCL will sponsor a convention session, "A Reading and Conversation with Katherine Paterson." It will be held at 1:45 pm in the "Chicago D" room of the Marriott. During this session, Mrs. Paterson will read passages from her works and entertain questions from the audience between readings.
◼ CCL will also sponsor at the MLA convention a dynamic panel on African American Literature. Titled "Literary Crossroads: African American Literature and Christianity," this session has been organized by Katherine Clay Bassard of Virginia Commonwealth University. She will chair the session, and presenters will include Rhondda Thomas (Clemson University), Jonathan Fedora (University of Pennsylvania), and Claudia Rosemary May (University of California, Berkeley). Co-sponsored by the Division of Literature and Religion, this session will be held Friday, January 10, at 5:15 pm in the "Addison" room of the Marriott. We hope to see you there!
◼ Imago Dei: Poems from Christianity and Literature brings together a collection of poets who merge faith, literature, and art as a form of worship and inspiration.
The editor of the volume, Jill Baumgaertner, is an accomplished poet in her own right and served with distinction as the President of the Conference on Christianity and Literature from 1999-2003. She was commissioned by CCL to edit an anthology of the best poems published in the journal Christianity and Literature over the past sixty years. The work that resulted from her efforts, Imago Dei, gathers in a single volume poetry that exemplifies the richness, power, and paradox both of the English language and the Christian faith. These poems find beauty in the concrete and particular, but they also pose the large questions: Why do we exist? Who is God? Where do we find God? What does the Incarnation mean? When does God speak to us, and why is God silent?
All of the poets in this collection wrestle with what Imago Dei means for them as readers, writers, artists, teachers, and students. Please click on the link to see and hear what such superb poets as Wendell Berry, Dana Gioia, and Luci Shaw make of this question.
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