We invite essays focusing on representations of death and/or violence in U.S. religiously inflected fictions of the nineteenth century.
Essays might examine consider, for example:
· the ways authors associated with religious traditions have embraced or rejected imagery commonly associated with death and/or violence
· the kinds of spaces in which violence and/or death are figured
· death and/or violence as metaphors for religious experience
· the rhetorical strategies deployed to use religion as a justification for sectional, racial, and territorial violence