Special Panel: Religion in American Literature
2016 Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
Pasadena, CA; 11/11-11/13, 2016
This panel seeks to address how questions of faith have shaped cultural meanings in American literary history. In particular, it welcomes papers that examine the relationship between secularity and literary development in the United States. Some of the questions we will consider are: How did the growth in secularity influence the way American writers conceptualized faith and experienced transcendence? How did it influence the way they responded to suffering? How did they express the tension of living within a secular age? What are the expressions of transcendence within secular culture?