113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Bible in Literature III

Session Chair: 
Lauren Peterson, Western Washington University
Session 12: Sunday 12:10-1:40pm
Galleria I (PH-ET)
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  1. Sheila Keiter, University of California - Los Angeles
    Virginia Woolf’s light-hearted novel, Orlando, follows its gender-shifting protagonist’s quest to find the ideal life.  Over the course of the narrative, Orlando makes multiple thematic and literary allusions to the biblical book of Ecclesiastes, which presents itself as one man’s search for meaning.  Ecclesiastes provides Woolf’s novel not only with its underlying theme, but its conclusion as well: The very search for meaning is futile.
  2. Erica Cefalo, University of Maryland, College Park
    In his 1863 Vie de Jésus, Ernest Renan reinterprets religious texts from a historical perspective in an effort to debunk Jesus’ supernatural legacy. Renan ultimately sets out to connect Christianity with its mortal origins. In doing so, he recasts the role of the savior as a champion of modern democratic ideals.
  3. Hannah Wegmann, University of Maryland
    Throughout his fictional works and philosophical writings, Albert Camus rejects Christianity. Whereas some texts launch a direct attack on what he perceived as “la mauvaise foi,” numerous others draw their strength from deformed biblical references, crafting a nuanced critique in which Camus uses biblical intertextuality to turn Christianity on itself.
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