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

Religion in American Literature I

Session Chair: 
Haein Park, Biola University
Session 1: Friday 8:50-10:20am
Skyline IV (PH-ET)


  1. Rachel Arteaga, University of Washington
    This paper will discuss the interpretation of suffering as a definitive difference between religious and secular perspectives. It will read A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson (1682) through this lens, accounting for reading practices as a response to suffering.
  2. Kyle Kinaschuk, University of Toronto
    This paper turns to Anne Bradstreet’s late elegies to investigate the relationships between materiality, finitude, and elegiac infidelity. Ultimately, Bradstreet’s late elegies demonstrate a strange and difficult attachment to the finite, temporal, and material, which is displaced by Bradstreet’s commitment to the Puritan community and religion.
  3. Emily Butler-Probst, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
    The paper explores Hawthorne and Melville’s differing responses to providence as mediation amid suffering and the way that this divergence reflects the difference between Hawthorne’s Christian and Melville’s more skeptical worldview. While Hawthorne suggests that purpose within suffering allows the individual to withstand hardship, Melville expresses his concern with providence and proposes that the individual embrace suffering as an accidental incident rather than a purposeful experience.   
  4. Marc Malandra, Biola University
    Emily Dickinson's attachment to the sermonizing of her epoch, the "message" she received from the book of nature, and the priest-like devotion to the English language, as represented by her Bible and Noah Webster's Dictionary of the English Language, provided the foundation for non-traditional ecclesiastical visions that could not be confined to the brick and mortar structures of the material world.
Session Cancelled: