For more than fifty years, Christianity & Literature has served as the primary public face of the Conference on Christianity and Literature; it is a member of CELJ, the Council of Editors of Learned Journals. Published quarterly, each issue contains peer-reviewed scholarly articles, book reviews, poetry, and announcements.
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Special Issue of Christianity & Literature
"The Secular and the Literary"
Guest Editor: Colin Jager (Rutgers University)
In the past decade we have seen a surge of interest in secularism (as a mode of governance) and “the secular” (as a background condition of modernity). The terms of debate have by now achieved something of a rough equilibrium: Is “secularization” an outdated concept, or does it still capture something true about the modern world? Is secularism a mode of governmentality or a normative ideal to be defended? What is secularism’s role in colonial and imperial ventures? Is its story best told as a matter of intellectual, social, or political history? Does the term “post-secular,” which has begun to appear with some frequency, describe anything more than an academic trend? Most of these questions originated in the social sciences (anthropology, sociology, and political science), or in hybrid disciplines like religious studies and intellectual history, and it is there that they are being most actively debated. Though literary studies has productively adopted some of this work, the place of literature and the literary within the secular (and indeed, whether literature has anything but an ancillary role to play in this conversation) remains, with a few notable exceptions, ill-defined. For example, Edward Said’s defense of “secular criticism” as intrinsic to a certain kind of literary relation to the world remains one touchstone, and yet Said’s concerns and themes (critical distance, exile) are largely orthogonal to the current interest in secularism. Or consider Hans Joas’s 2008 reminder that dissatisfaction with the narrative of secularization does not lead in any obvious or straightforward way to an increase in religious practice, commitment, or sacred expression. This special issue seeks, then to push further the theorization and application of secularism and postsecularism, with a particular emphasis upon the ways that literary studies and literature have advanced, altered, or intercepted the social science and religious studies conversation. What, then, is the place of the literary within the history and formation of the secular? What histories of the field, discipline, or literary object might have purchase on the secular / religion binary? If that binary has outlived its usefulness, what might replace it? We also are interested in critical engagements with those modes of analysis that have become most prominent in so-called postsecular literary studies, from the turn to religion and the presumed demise of secularization theory to the political and ethical implications of naming something (a text, an era, a methodology) postsecular.
Full-length essays (8,000 words) and shorter (4,000 word) “think” pieces are both welcome. Deadline: January 15, 2017 Contact: Colin Jager, Professor of English, Rutgers University firstname.lastname@example.org Submit at: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/christlit (please indicate in the field on the 4th page of the submission process that asks “Is this manuscript a candidate for a special issue?” that it is for the Secularism/Postsecularism issue). Direct Submission queries to email@example.com
Christianity & Literature Volume 65, Issue 4 (September 2016)
George Piggford C.S.C., "Mrs. May’s Dark Night in Flannery O’Connor’s 'Greenleaf'’’ 397
Peter G. Epps, "Before a fall: The role of the interpreter in Endo’s Silence" 413
Jordan CArson, ‘‘'But now my eye sees you': Hierophany in Job and The Crying of Lot 49" 430
Nathan Kilpatrick, "The giving and taking of wounds: Friendship and hagiography in Frederick Buechner’s Godric" 455
June Sturrock, "Martha and Mary Re-Imagined: A.S. Byatt and Others" 473
Jacob Stratman, ‘‘'How good it is to be a monkey': Conversion and spiritual formation in Gene Luen Yang’s American Born Chinese" 490 Jacob Stratman
Alaya Swann, Review of Denis Searby (Trans.), The Revelations of St. Birgitta of Sweden, Vol. 3, Liber Caelestis, Books 6–7 508
Laura K. Bedwell, Review of Kurt A. Schreyer, Shakespeare’s Medieval Craft: Remnants of the Mysteries on the London Stage 511
Nathan Bechtold, Review of Edward F. Mooney, Excursions with Thoreau: Philosophy, Poetry, Religion 514
Christian Dickinson, Review of Richard Hughes Gibson, Forgiveness in Victorian Literature: Grammar, Narrative, and Community 518
Benjamin C. Parker, Review of Colin Duriez, Bedeviled: Lewis, Tolkien, and the Shadow of Evil 521
Jeffrey Bilbro, Review of Wendell Berry, This Day: New and Collected Sabbath Poems 524
Janet McCann, Review of Angela Alaimo O’Donnell, Waking My Mother; Martha Serpas, The Diener 528
Claudia Stokes, Review of Leland Ryken, A Complete Handbook of Literary Forms in the Bible 532
Maurice Hunt, Review of Sarah Beckwith, Shakespeare and the Grammar of Forgiveness 535
Matt Maylon, "The Meal" 540
2015 Lionel Basney Award Citation 541
Christianity & Literature Volume 65, Issue 3 (June 2016)
Special Issue: The Environmental Imagation
Mark Eaton, "The Environmental Imagination"
Joshua Mabie, "The Field is Ripe: Christian Literary Scholarship, Postcolonial Ecocriticism, and Environmentalism"
Paul Willis, "'He Hath Builded the Mountains': John Muir's God of the Glaciers"
William Tate, "Avian Diptych: Richard Wilbur's Flights of the Imagination"
Jeffrey R. Bilbro, "The Ecology of Memory: Augustine, Eliot, and the Form of Wendell Berry's Fiction"
Richard Rankin Russell, "Embodying Place: Ecotheology and Deep Incarnation in Cormac McCarthy's The Road"
Lawrence Buell, "Afterword"
Julia Spicher Kasdorf, "A Pastor and Part-Time Security Guard Wonders about the Work Ethic"
Christianity & Literature Volume 65, Issue 2 (March 2016)
J. Russell Perkin, “Matthew Arnold, the Oxford Movement, and the stanzas from the Grande Chartreuse”
Suzanne Stewart, “Gerard Manley Hopkins: Sensuality and Spirituality in the Diaries and Journals”
Laurie Camp Hatch, “Gerard Manley Hopkins and Victorian Approaches to the Problems of Perception: Affirming the Metaphysical in the Physical”
Michael Edwards, “A Magic, Unquiet Body”
Jo-Anne Cappeluti, “W.H. Auden’s For The Time Being: Christian Proof? Aesthetic Possibility?”
Anthony Domestico, “‘Clampitt and the Cloisters”
Sofia M. Starnes, “Another Life”
Valerie Wohfield, “Vale of Siddim”
Angela Alaimo O’Donnell, “Poetry, the Power of the Pen, & the Redemption of Time”
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