112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Christianity and Literature I: American Literature Read through a Christian Lens

Session Chair: 
James Lu, California Baptist University
Time: 
Session 7: Saturday 1:45-3:15pm
Location: 
Marriott Salon I

Presenters/Papers:

  1. Robert Sapunarich, California Baptist University
    Although the theological overtones of Herman Melville's Moby-Dick have been studied by many scholars, the Calvinistic elements of the novel, particularly as they relate to divine grace, have been either misunderstood or neglected. An analysis of Melville's biblical allusions and sources will yield a portrayal of divine action in the novel that is simultaneously fearsome and gracious.
  2. Laura J. Veltman, California Baptist University
    This paper analyzes several Flannery O'Connor short stories and essays, exploring how to address matters of faith, particularly in regards to Christianity, within the college literature classroom. Given that O'Connor's work has been variously derided as too Christian or not Christian enough, it offers a useful medium for discussing how to engage critically with faith in the literature class, especially when readers have divergent religious beliefs and expectations for how faith should inform the study of literature.
  3. Tara Anderson, California Baptist University
    Hughes’ selectivity of vocabulary and thought transported his poems through time to become the voice of the Harlem Renaissance. His look at the duality of the Christ family, father, mother, and son, may be controversial, but it reflects the views of change that needed to happen. Hughes parallels the lives of the former slave culture with the Holy family so as to explore African Americans' identity crisis. The ideas of W.E.B. Du Bois and his theory of double consciousness will be utilized to examine the context of Hughes’ work.
Session Cancelled: 
No