South Central Conference on Christianity and Literature, New Orleans, April 16-17, 2010; deadline for proposals March 15, 2010

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Dr. Claudia M. Champagne/South-Central Conference on Christianity and Literature
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South-Central Conference
on Christianity and Literature
April 16-17, 2010
Doubletree Hotel at 300 Canal Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130

Conference Theme:
"Is April Really 'the Cruelest Month'?
Images of Springtime, Easter, and the Wasteland in Literature and the Arts"

Dr. John D. Cox,
DuMez Professor of English at Hope College,Past President of the Conference on Christianity and Literature,and author of Seeming Knowledge: Shakespeare and Skeptical Faith(in the Studies in Christian Literature series)will deliver the keynote address:
"Ambiguous April: Shakespearean Comedy and the Gift of Spring."

Meeting in New Orleans—home of the Super Bowl Champion Saints!!-- in April, less than two weeks after Easter, participants in SCCCL 2010 will focus on images and symbols of, allusions to, and themes involving springtime in literature and the arts from all time periods and traditions (British, American, World). Chaucer began The Canterbury Tales by celebrating April as the rebirth of nature and spirituality, of pilgrimage, while T. S. Eliot in The Wasteland lamented the cruel irony of the month when spring growth belies the reality of the spiritual wasteland. We will discuss the positive, negative, or somewhere in-between relationship between springtime and spirituality in literature and the related arts.

Please join us in New Orleans for beautiful springtime weather, fabulous food,and a stimulating exchange of ideas

Proposals (1 page double spaced) should directly or indirectly address the theme of the conference. Scholarly studies from a variety of theoretical and critical perspectives are welcome, as is creative writing in all genres.

Deadline for proposals has been extended to March 15, 2010.

All proposals should be sent by e-mail or Word document attachments to e-mails to
Dr. Claudia M. Champagne at

Papers/readings should be 8-10 pages in standard font (15-20 minutes duration). Also, because participants will be from a variety of specialties the introductions to scholarly papers should give non-specialists access to the focus of the paper.

Anyone interested in leading a session should also e-mail Dr. Champagne.

All attendees must become members of the Conference on Christianity and Literature:
Membership dues are $25 for regular members / $20 for graduate students. (Check made out to CCL.)
Registration for conference is $75 (check to SCCCL).
Please contact
Sr. Donna M. Gould, SBS at for registration form and hotel information.

Graduate students who may be eligible for a CCL Travel Grant should contact Dr. Champagne and refer to the CCL website for more information:

SCCCL 2010 is being sponsored by
the Department of English, History, and Mathematics of Our Lady of Holy Cross College in New Orleans
and the Department of English of Xavier University of Louisiana.