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CALL FOR PAPERS
Special Issue of Christianity & Literature
“Literature of / about the Christian Right”
Guest Editor: Christopher Douglas (University of Victoria)
The Times ‘best-seller’ list was misleading. Evangelical books were often outselling the Times’ best-sellers. But the paper did not bother to count sales in religious bookstores. The people hurt most weren’t evangelical authors (our books sold anyway); rather, the losers were Democratic Party leaders and other liberal readers of the ‘paper of record’ who were blindsided by subsequent events. The Times’ readers were not given a heads-up about what was going on ‘out there.’
– Frank Schaeffer, Crazy for God
This call for papers seeks essays on literature which is either produced by or engages with the Religious Right, especially as Christian evangelicalism and fundamentalism. As apostate Christian Right leader Frank Schaeffer’s words above suggest, there was something unexpected and unrecognizable about the surprising return of politically muscular conservative Christianity in the last half century – especially given secularization theory’s assurances about waning religious energy in modernity. This special issue seeks to explore the intersection of literature and the Christian Right in two directions: first, through what we might call serious or mainstream literature’s engagement with this strong public religious formation, and second, through literary texts from within this tradition, texts that in some sense speak for and to this movement.
This special issue is animated by the ongoing debates about secularism and postsecularism in literary criticism – including the bracketing of “strong religion” in John McClure’s Partial Faiths and Amy Hungerford’s emphasis upon “belief in belief” in Postmodern Belief, the recent special issue in Christianity & Literature engaging the secular and the literary (and other such special issues), and by Christopher Douglas’s recent book If God Meant to Interfere: American Literature and the Rise of the Christian Right (2016). We seek essays that interrogate the forms, aesthetics, politics, theologies, and ethical commitments of literature that is in some sense about the Christian Right. How does this literature articulate or confront its object? What are its modes of intersection with other popular or serious literary genres, and what are its literary antecedents? What are the relevant contexts and social movements – feminism, Civil Rights, the Cold War, the sexual revolution, postmodernism, multiculturalism, LGBTQ rights, neoliberalism, identity politics, the end of history, the clash of civilizations – necessary for understanding literature by and about the Christian Right? What kinds of faithfulness, constancy, heresy or apostasy do we find therein? What does its near-absence in literary studies today mean for our profession and discipline, for the field of religion and literature and the postsecular turn itself? Essays on Christian Right literature that move beyond the Left Behind series especially welcome.
Deadline: January 15, 2019
Full-length essays (6,000-9,000 words) and shorter (4,000 words) “think” pieces are both welcome. Essays should be formatted according to the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition.
Contact: Christopher Douglas, Professor of English, University of Victoria 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 Literature of / about the Christian Right issue). Inquiries about this special issue can be made to email@example.com.
2017 LIONEL BASNEY AWARD
The Conference on Christianity and Literature is pleased to name Brigitte N. McCray as the recipient of the 2017 Lionel Basney Award for her essay “‘Good landscapes be but lies’: W. H. Auden, the Second World War, and Haunted Places,” published in Volume 66, Number 2 of Christianity & Literature. McCray’s essay responds to the claim that Auden’s poetry is silent or even “trivial” with regard to the horrors of World War II; according to McCray, Auden’s elegies written during the war and his later place-based poems are significant because they attempt “to leave a trace of the dead. If the war’s aim, especially the Nazis’ genocide, is an attempt to leave an absence, then the poet’s duty is at least to make possible the presence.” The essay expands the possibilities of poetry’s Christian witness, using the unfamiliar framework of “hauntology” in combination with a theology of Holy Saturday, both of which call for a witness “situated between life and death.” While witness testifying to the crucifixion and resurrection is necessary, we often neglect the importance of the in-between state, which McCray connects to post-war trauma. As Auden’s later poetry suggests, “one must walk the geography and live with the ghosts in order to witness ethically.” McCray’s essay deftly interweaves theory, theology, history, and close reading to make an argument that achieves global significance in its implications for Christian art’s responses to suffering. For these qualities, “‘Good landscapes be but lies’: W. H. Auden, the Second World War, and Haunted Places” wins the 2017 Basney Award.
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Christianity & Literature Volume 68, Issue 1 (December 2018)
Special Issue: Christianity and Chinese Literary Studies
Guest Editors: Sharon Kim and Chloë Starr
Sharon Kim and Chloë Starr, “Editors’ Preface: Why Chinese Theology and Literary Theory?”
1. Sharon Kim, “Introduction to Theory and Theology in Chinese Literary Studies: An Early Map”
2. Yang Huilin, “Matteo Ricci and Michel Foucault’s Readings of Epictetus: A Quest of ‘Zhi’ (知 Knowing) and ‘Xing’ (行 Application)”
3. Ping-cheung Lo, “The Making of a Literary-Theological Mind in China: The Early Thought of Yang Huilin in Context”
4. Susan Felch, “Secular and Post-secular in China and the West: A Response to Ping-cheung Lo”
5. Chin Kenpa, “The Image of Jesus in the writings of Zhang Shizhang (Hottinger S. C. Chang)”
6. Angelica Duran, “Chinese Christian Studies and Anglophone Literary Studies: A Response to Chin Kenpa’s “Chinese Marxist Biblical Criticism on Jesus: A Study on W.T. Chu (朱维之)”
7. Chloë Starr, “Shi Tiesheng and the Nature of the Human”
8. Zhang Longxi, “The Hermeneutic Circle, Textual Integrity, and the Validity of Interpretation”
9. David Jasper, “Reflections on the Maturity of Religion and Theology in Literature: A Cultural Dialogue”
David Lyle Jeffrey, “Afterword: ‘Scriptural Reasoning’ and Literary Method in China Today”
Rebecca Cantor, “The Woman at the Well”
Mary Romero Ferguson, "Prepositional Theology"
Nicholas Molbert, "Covenant with Knives"
1. Fredrik Fällman / Liu Xiaofeng, Sino-Theology and the Philosophy of History: A Collection of Essays by Liu Xiaofeng.
2. Zhang Yunyan and Wang Huiping / On the Two Transformations of Bei Cun’s Writing on Faith
3. Naomi Thurston / Hong Liang, Life Before the Last Things: The Dostoyevsky-Reception in the Early Works of Karl Barth and Eduard Thurneysen(1915-1923)
4. Xiong Jingzhi / Zha Changping, Introduction to the Logic of the World-picture of the New Testament: The History-Logic of the New Testament, Vol. 1
5. Shi Xiao / Wenjun Luo, On the Translation and Introduction of Western Poetry by Protestant Missionaries in Late Qing and Early Republican China
6. Yen-Yi Lee / Wang Chen-Main, ed. China and Taiwan in the Writings of Missionaries
Christianity & Literature Volume 67, Issue 4 (September 2018)
1. Paul Thifault, “Native Americans and the Catholic Phase in Puritan Missionary Writing”
2. Patricia Marks, “An Iconic Image: Henry Ward Beecher in Puck Magazine”
3. John Peterson, “Wrestling with ‘Half Gods’: Biblical Discourse in Mary Austin’s The Ford”
4. Barry Stephenson, “The Christ of Kazantzakis’s Christ Recrucified”
5. Chad Schrock, “The Borderlands of Belief: Phil Rickman’s Merrily Watkins Mysteries”
Alex Mouw, “God in a Box” and “Giacometti’s Dog”
G.C. Waldrep, “Llanychaer Sonnet”
Carolyn Gelland, “Samuel Taylor Coleridge”
Cedric Rudolph, “The World’s Most Beautiful Blue” and “Grace”
1. Malaika Favorite / Philip C. Kolin, Pilsen Snow
2. Malaika Favorite / Anya Krugovoy Silver, From Nothing: Poems
3. Norman W. Jones / Angelica Duran, The King James Bible across Borders and Centuries
4. Scott Crider / R. Chris Hassel, Shakespeare’s Religious Language: A Dictionary
5. Jonathon Lookadoo / Janet Brennan Croft, ed., Baptism of Fire: The Birth of the Modern British Fantastic in World War I
6. M.W. Brumit / Jameson S. Workman, Chaucer and the Death of the Political Animal
Christianity & Literature Volume 67, Issue 3 (June 2018)
Special Issue: The Secular and the Literary
Guest Editor: Colin Jager
Colin Jager, "Introduction: The Secular and the Literary"
1. John A. McClure, "Vitalist Nation: Whitman, Kerouac, Rand, DeLillo"
2. Kristin Wilkes, "Repairing the Ladder to Heaven: Harriet Beecher Stowe’s The Minister’s Wooing as a Secular Novel"
3. Alexander J.B. Hampton, "Post-secular Nature and the New Nature Writing"
4. Kevin Seidel, "A Secular for Literary Studies"
Dossier: Reports from the Field
5. Lori Branch and Mark Knight, “Why the Postsecular Matters: Literary Studies and the Rise of the Novel”
6. Kathryn Ludwig, “Inside Looking In: Complicity and Critique"
7. Dawn Coleman, “The Spiritual Authority of Literature in a Secular Age”
8. Megan Milota, “Some Thoughts on the State of Secularity in the Lowlands”
9. Christopher Douglas, “David Foster Wallace’s Evangelicals: The Other Postsecularism”
Gavin Hopps, “Afterword: Being in Uncertainties"
1. Jeanne Foster, “Allamanda”
2. Allan Williamson, “Selections from ‘‘Franciscan Notes’’”
1. Phyllis Mack / Natasha Duquette, Veiled Intent: Dissenting Women’s Aesthetic Approach to Biblical Interpretation
2. Peter S. Rogers, S.J. / Jean-Louis Chre´tien, Under the Gaze of the Bible
3. Joseph G. Kronick / Jon M. Sweeney, ed., Ralph Waldo Emerson: Essential Spiritual Writings
4. Lucas Nossaman / Laura Dassow Walls, Henry David Thoreau: A Life
5. Sarah O'Dell / Richard E. Brantley, Emily Dickinson’s Rich Conversation: Poetry, Philosophy, Science
6. Dwight Lindley / Jesse Rosenthal, Good Form: The Ethical Experience of the Victorian Novel
7. Amos Yong / Stephen Shapiro and Philip Barnard, Pentecostal Modernism: Lovecraft, Los Angeles, and World-Systems Culture
8. Austin Sill / Adam S. Miller, The Gospel according to David Foster Wallace: Boredom and Addiction in and Age of Distraction
9. Jaclyn S. Parrish / Greg Garrett, Entertaining Judgment: The Afterlife in Popular Imagination
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