Through depictions of forests and seashores, animals and plants, the wild and the domestic, Hawthorne’s writings abound with explorations of the human relationship to the physical environment. Yet the moral and ethical significance of nature as physical, biological environment has often been overlooked in critical interpretations of “Nature” as symbol in Hawthornian romance.
In 1975, Mircea Eliade constates in his book Sacred and Profane: „Desacralization is significant for the whole experience of non-religious man of the modern society and re-discovery of existential extents of a religious man from archaic societies represents for him still a bigger difficulty for the same reason,“ (Eliade, 2006, p.14). He also remarks: „modern non-religious man receives his new existential situation: he recognizes only himself as a subject and an agent of history and refuses any references to transcendence. Sanctity is an obstacle par excellence for his freedom,“ (Ibid, p.134).
CALL FOR PAPER PROPOSALS
Picturing Paradise in 19th Century British and North American Art: Past, Lost, Regained
A Special Issue of Religion and the Arts edited by Rachel Smith and James Romaine
PROPOSALS DUE: February 1, 2017
Ever since Max Weber in scientific and philosophical reflection, the idea appeared that the Reformation is not only a historical phenomenon but above all socio-cultural. Associated with it were, among others, individualism, experientialism, modernity, innovation, activism, asceticism in the world, creativity, self-reflection, communitarianism, economy, development of accounting, criticism, capitalism, the culture of writing and printing. It's only a few examples of phenomena and values associated inextricably with the wider Reformation in culture. The very existence of the Reformation bears fruit historically in the concept of tolerance and respect for diversity. The list of themes and values certainly is not limited and closed.
Call for Papers:
THE GOOD. LIFE. Fifth Salzburg Institute Symposium, University of Salzburg, Austria, July 27, 2017
Perfection, Pollution, and the Truth of Performance
“But no perfection is so absolute,
That some impurity doth not pollute”
Rape of Lucrece, l. 899
For its 33rd issue (Spring 2018), the online peer-reviewed journal Etudes Epistémè (www.episteme.revues.org) seeks articles examining Shakespeare’s treatment of the notions of perfection (or “purity”) and pollution (or “impurity”), understood not only along traditional moral and religious lines, but also, more “profanely”, in aesthetic and hermeneutic terms.
Literature, being a creative universal form of expression, addresses spiritual, emotional and social concerns of humanity. It is known that there are reciprocal relations between literature and religion, still the question of how these two disciplines interact with each other invites fresh thought. Looking at the past of English Literature, it is abundantly clear that critics even before Mathew Arnold have referred back to form and content of religious scriptures.
“Goin’ Up Yonder”: Sounding a Secular/Sacred American South in Gospel Music Performance
25-26 October 2017
Faculty of “Artes Liberales”
University of Warsaw