[UPDATE]Imagining Paradise: Conference on Christianity and Literature Southeastern Regional, April 3-5, 2014

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Palm Beach Atlantic University, West Palm Beach, Florida
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"Imagining Paradise"
Southeastern Regional Meeting of the Conference on Christianity and Literature
Palm Beach Atlantic University
3-5 April 2014

Paradise is a subject that has stirred the imaginations of writers for millennia while simultaneously exceeding the scope of artistic representation itself. Poets, playwrights, and novelists have been inspired to describe in various ways that which is indescribable. Language can only approximate visions of paradise occasioned by mystical experiences such as spiritual awakenings, ecstasies, and epiphanies. Conference organizers invite papers that explore how writers imagine paradise, from abstract images of height and light to concrete images of sublime mountain peaks and lush seascapes. Papers are also welcome that investigate literary depictions of paradise's dark opposite, hell, and its penitential proving grounds, purgatory. Papers with Blakean ambitions might even explore convergences between heaven and hell.
Send paper proposals or enquiries to Samuel_Joeckel@pba.edu by Feb. 14.