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[UPDATE] African-American Literature and the Bible (9/30)
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John Acker, Ohio State U English Department
The English Department at The Ohio State University will host an international conference in 2011 on the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James (or Authorized) Version of the Bible. Held in Columbus, Ohio from May 5-7, 2011, the conference will focus on the making of the KJV in the context of Reformation Bible translation and printing as well as on the KJV’s long literary and cultural influence from Milton and Bunyan to Faulkner, Woolf, and Toni Morrison. Events will include plenary lectures and discussions, roundtable seminars, an exhibit by the OSU Rare Books and Manuscript Library, and a special reading and Q&A session with Pulitzer-Prize-winning author Edward P. Jones (Lost in the City; The Known World; All Aunt Hagar’s Children). Submission deadlines have been extended, so don’t miss the chance to participate in this exciting event! Please refer to http://kingjamesbible.osu.edu for further conference info, and contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
We are currently seeking participants for a roundtable seminar on African-American Literature and the Bible. Each participant will submit a short position paper in advance of the conference; the seminar leader (Dr. Jocelyn Moody, University of Texas, San Antonio) will then read all the papers, formulate discussion questions, and circulate the papers and questions to participants. Dr. Moody will determine more precise schedules and seminar requirements, once enrollments have been reviewed and approved.
Potential authors for this seminar include (but are not limited to) Toni Morrison, Richard Wright, Frederick Douglass, Ishmael Reed, James Baldwin, and Ralph Ellison. Topics are open within the general area, but should encourage wide-ranging thematic discussion, which will comprise much of the actual conference.