The Deeds of Love in the Service of Peace

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Conference on Christianity and Literature October 28-29 2011

In Christian tradition love it is not an attitude, a relation, a feeling, or a condition sufficient unto itself. Love requires action, deeds. Sometimes, great deeds and other times, small ones, hidden from view, invisible but effective no less. Christian tradition also promises a messiah who will bring peace, whose kingdom is the most peaceable. While this implies a kingdom ordered by love, Jesus is still the Prince of Peace and not the Prince of Love--at least in the prophet Isaiah.

For the Fall 2011 meeting of the Conference on Christianity and Literature we invite papers that address the relation of love and peace in literature, and we welcome proposals engaging a variety of perspectives, periods, critical approaches, and religious traditions. We also welcome proposals for papers on any aspect of the relationship between literature and Christianity. Proposals to read creative writing are invited as well.

To propose a paper, please submit a 250-word abstract. Proposals for creative readings should include a 250-word description of the work and a 3-page sample. All proposals should be sent by e-mail to by May 1, 2011.

Richard Kearney (University College Dublin and Boston College) and Nancy Mairs will be present to offer keynote addresses.