CFP: [American] Marilynne Robinson

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R. Scott LaMascus
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MLA/CCL 2008

“Grace and Grand Laughter: The Christian Vision of Marilynne Robinson

The Conference on Christianity and Literature invites submissions of
abstracts for the CCL sessions at the annual Modern Language Association
convention in 2008. The seminar-style session will be called “Grace and
Grand Laughter: The Christian Vision of Marilynne Robinson.” In Gilead,
which received the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, Robinson’s narrator
observes that “grace has a grand laughter in it.” Proposals should
engage this sense of joy in Marilynne Robinson’s work, including her non-
fiction. This idea permeates Gilead but also more broadly seems to
embrace much of Robinson’s work. The literary, theological, and cultural
implications of this idea -- that belief and unbelief, suffering and
blessing, past and present all participate in Christian joy -- has broad
literary, theological, and cultural implications. What does it mean?
How does her non-fiction engage this idea? How has film adaptation
engaged this joy? Where does this joy break down in her works? Seminar
participants will submit abstracts and then exchange position papers
before the conference so that our meetings will be rich conversations
about the literary, theological, and cultural implications of Marilynne
Robinson’s work. We are seeking a mix of scholars and graduate students
to participate. Send 500 word abstracts by March 15, 2008 to

Scott LaMascus, Ph.D.
Professor of English
Oklahoma Christian University
Box 11000
Oklahoma City, OK 73136

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