NeMLA 2019: Representing Religion in an Era of Secularization and Nation Building (Panel)

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
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Panel: "Representing Religion in an Era of Secularization and Nation Building"

This panel investigates the historical processes of the secularization of Spanish American nations and the diverse literary responses, or lack thereof, that such sociopolitical and religious progressions, degenerations, or upheavals prompted. In this way, the session explores the concept of “modernity” in terms of its association with represented, defended, and questioned religious stances, while it addresses how literature was used as a tool, conversely as a weapon, or simply remained silent to support, thwart, or seemingly remain neutral toward the related proposed sociopolitical and religious changes. Through the exploration of the Spanish American authors’ literary reactions toward reconceptualizations of the Church, especially those of authors that did not overtly or frequently write on religious issues, the panel likewise seeks to provide more profound biographical sketches of such authors that have not been predominantly studied from this angle. Papers on the history and works of authors from the nineteenth century and from the Southern Cone, as they also relate to the nation-building process that inherently entailed renegotiations with the newly formed nations’ ties to the Church, are particularly welcomed.

Submission deadline: September 30, 2018

The 50th Anniversary Convention will be held March 21 to 24, 2019, in Washington, DC.

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