Of 'Gods and Monsters': Shelley's Frankenstein Two Hundred Years On

deadline for submissions: 
January 15, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Roger Stanley/Southeast Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature
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                    Of ‘Gods and Monsters’:  Shelley’s Frankenstein Two Hundred Years On

                                    Southeast Conference on Christianity and Literature    

       19-21 April 2018

       Union University

                                                            Jackson, Tennessee

        Keynote Speaker:

                         Dr. Christina Bieber Lake, Clyde S. Kilby Professor of English, Wheaton College

     Prophets of the Posthuman: American Literature, Biotechnology and the Ethics ofPersonhood 

                                                    (Univ. of Notre Dame Press, 2013)

Dr. Bieber Lake is also the author of the book The Incarnational Art of Flannery O’Connor and many articles which have appeared in Books & Culture and elsewhere. 

The primary theme of the convention will be a celebration of the bicentennial of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.  Union University itself envisions a campus-wide, interdisciplinary commemoration for the calendar year, though the focus for this conference will be, as always, on the intersection of theology and fiction.

Within the Frankenstein motif, possible topics and areas of interest include:

--Mary Shelley’s legacy in contemporary science fiction

---Creation: Human, subhuman and posthuman

--Narrative frames and the voice of the marginalized

--Science, technology, and the limitations of knowledge

--Maternity and paternity

--Idealized vs. “monstrous” femininity

--“Singularity” in terms of AI vs. human intelligence

--Revisions of Frankenstein in movies/pop culture

As always, SECCL is open to other proposals concerning the relationship of Christianity and literature.  Abstracts from graduate students are also welcome.  Undergraduates should send complete papers.

Send abstracts (400-500) words via email attachment to Prof. Roger Stanley, at rstanley@uu.eduThe submission deadline is January 15, 2018.