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 2018 | New York

The Conference on Christianity and Literature is pleased to invite you to the following events at the 2018 MLA Convention in New York City:

Friday, January 5, 2018, 11:30am-2:00pm:  CCL Luncheon at Brasserie Ruhlmann, 45 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10111

Please RSVP by December 1st to Kathryn Artuso at if you plan to attend the luncheon, and also mail a $55 check, made out to the Conference on Christianity and Literature, to Mitch Harris at the following address. Graduate students will receive a discounted rate of $35 per person.

Mitchell M. Harris, CCL Treasurer
Department of English and Journalism
Augustana University
2001 S. Summit Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57197


Saturday, January 6, 2018, 1:45pm-3:00pmCCL Panel organized by Mark Eaton and Caleb Spencer

592. The Literary and the Secular

1:45pm-3:00pm, Sutton Center, Hilton

Program arranged by the Conference on Christianity & Literature

Speakers: Randy Boyagoda, U of Toronto; Sean Dempsey, U of Arkansas, Fayetteville; Christopher Douglas, U of Victoria; Kathryn Ludwig, Ball State U; Kevin Seidel, Eastern Mennonite U; Michael Tomko, Villanova U

This session examines recent framings of the secular and the postsecular while considering the best methods for advancing this ongoing critical discussion. Panelists ask whether there is something that can rightly be thought of as religious about the flourishing of (semi-) sacred experiences in literature. Has the religious turn come of age?

Thanks so much, and we look forward to seeing you at the MLA!



CCL at MLA 2017 | Philadelphia

On January 6, 2017 at the MLA annual convention in Philadelphia , CCL organized the following session, which was 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


CCL at MLA 2016 | Austin

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The Conference on Christianity and Literature (CCL) is pleased to announce our newly elected Board members for the following positions:

President (two-year term); Darryl Tippens

Treasurer (two-year term): Laura Veltman

Southwest Representative (three-year term): Brent Newsom for the 2018 election we will be seeking representatives from the Southwest, the Midwest, and the Western regions, plus an At-large member. Those who win election to these offices are encouraged to attend the January meeting of the CCL board.

• Midwest Representative (three-year term): Edward Upton

• West Representative (three-year term): Patricia Andujo

• At-Large Representative (three year term): Cynthia Wallace

Congratulations to all our newly elected Board members, and thank you to all our returning Board Members.



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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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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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