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.


IN MEMORIAM: Margaret Hannay

Margaret Hannay, former board member, president, and vice-president of CCL, passed away on August 11, 2016 after a long battle with cancer. Margaret was a well-known scholar of early modern literature, recognized for her two seminal biographies of Mary Sidney and Mary Wroth and for her edition of the poems of Mary Sidney, written with Noel Kinnemon and Michael Brennan. She was a founding mother of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women and a pioneer in women's studies. She was a generous and exemplary scholar and teacher, beloved as well as respected by all who knew her. An obituary is available here.


IN MEMORIAM: James E. Barcus, Jr. 

Former editor of Christianity & Literature (1984-1989) and chair of the Baylor University English Department (1980-1996), Dr. James E. Barcus, Jr., passed away February 20, 2016. A gifted teacher of English for more than 50 years, Dr. Barcus taught at Houghton College in New York and Trinity College in Illinois before joining the Baylor Department of English. He retired from Baylor in January 2016 after 36 years of service. Dr. Barcus earned his B.A. in English at Houghton in 1959, his M.A. at the University of Kentucky in 1961, and his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1968. His scholarly interests included Romantic and Victorian poetry and prose, literary theory, and Southern American writers. Veteran members of CCL recall Dr. Barcus’s distinguished work as editor of Christianity & Literature in the 1980s. He was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Nancy Ellen Barcus. Dr. Barcus will long be remembered as an exemplary scholar, devoted churchman, husband, and father. An obituary is available here. Additional information is available on the Baylor University website here


CCL at MLA 2017 | Philadelphia

Please join the Conference on Christianity and Literature at the Modern Language Association Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA on Friday, 6 January 2017 for the following session, which has been selected by MLA President Anthony Appiah for inclusion in a select list of featured sessions addressing this year's convention theme "Boundary Conditions":

292. "Here I Stand": Five Hundred Years after Luther

12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., 411–412, Philadelphia Marriott

Program arranged by the Conference on Christianity and Literature

Presiding: Clare Costley King'oo, Univ. of Connecticut, Storrs

1. "Martin Luther and the History of Rhetoric," Carl Springer, Univ. of Tennessee, Chattanooga

2. "Martin Luther in Arab and Islamic Writings: The Early Modern Period," Nabil I. Matar, Univ. of Minnesota, Twin Cities

3. "Requisitioning Luther in the German Catholic Literary Inner Emigration, 1933–45," Helena Tomko, Villanova Univ.

4. "'The Dark Forces of the Germanic Peoples': Stefan Zweig's and Stefan Heym's Critique of Martin Luther," Gregor A. Thuswaldner, Gordon Coll., MA

For abstracts, write to

We will accommodate the following audiovisual request(s) for your session: Projection equipment for a computer

Keywords: Reformation, religion, rhetoric, Islam, Christianity


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Darryl Tippens is the current President of the Conference on Christianity and Literature. Formerly the Provost at Pepperdine University from 2001 to 2014, Dr. Tippens became University Distinguished Professor at Abilene Christian University in 2014. Before heading to Pepperdine, Tippens taught at ACU from 1987-2000 as the James W. Culp Distinguished Professor of English. Prior to that, he was professor and chair of the Division of Language and Literature for 14 years at his alma mater, Oklahoma Christian University. Tippens earned his M.A. degree (1971) and Ph.D. (1973) in English from Louisiana State University. He has held post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Kansas, and Baylor University. Most of his research has centered on Shakespeare, 17th-century English literature, and the intersections between Christianity and literature. In 1997, he co-edited Shadow & Light: Literature and the Life of Faith, a popular anthology for ACU Press featuring fiction, essays and poems by 48 writers, now in its third edition. His latest book is Pilgrim Heart: The Way of Jesus in Everyday Life (2006). Professor Tippens began a three-year term as President of CCL in 2015.



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Any member of CCL may submit the name of a person to be considered for the award. All nominations are to be made in writing and submitted to the President no later than November 1. Each nomination should be accompanied by a brief letter of recommendation along with either a copy of the nominee’s cv or an equivalent biographical sketch; the latter documents may be supplied in electronic form or as links to web sites containing the information. The CCL Board of Directors will consider the nominations and conclude the selection process at its annual meeting in early January. For a list of the long line of distinguished recipients of the CCL Lifetime Achievement Award, please click here


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For a tribute to past CCL President Roger Lundin by Jeremy Begbie (Duke University), please click here.



Imago Dei: Poems from Christianity & Literature brings together a collection of poems reflecting on faith and art. The editor of the volume, Jill Baumgaertner, a poet herself, was President of CCL from 1999-2003. For more information, please click here



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