CFP: [Religion] Call for Papers: Ninth Annual English Graduate Conference SCSU/ New Haven, CT

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Dr. Edith A. Kostka
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"Ways of Reading the Bible: What's the Good News in Bible Studies?"

Ninth Annual Graduate English Conference: Encountering the Text: Reading,
Teaching, Theorizing, Writing. Southern Connecticut State University, New
Haven, CT. April 19th, 2008. 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

This panel seeks scholarly papers that look at interpretations of the
Bible in the wake of such texts as The DaVinci Code, Holy Blood, Holy
Grail, and The Woman With the Alabaster Jar. Bible Studies have been
impacted by sensational texts in popular culture. One of the astonishing
outcomes of such texts is a tendency to explore the shadowy mysteries
between the lines of biblical narratives, to fill the omissions in what
Wolfgang Iser calls "gaps of indeterminacy." This panel seeks scholarly
papers that offer methodologies designed to examine or to fill such gaps
and omissions. Papers may examine historic or biographical data, the role
of verisimilitude in the transmission of religious texts, or a theoretical
methodology of the act of reading such texts.

Please submit two pages for consideration. One page should include one
paragraph of career biography. The second page should include a concise
abstract detailing the title of the paper and a summary of the argument
including methodology. Submissions may occur by land mail or by email.

Deadline for submissions is March 15th, 2008.

Conference Fee: $20.00. Make checks payable to Department of English/SCSU.

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Dr. Edith A. Kostka
P.O. Box 217
Seymour, CT 06483

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