CFP: Criticism and the Divine (9/15/05; NEMLA, 3/2/06-3/5/06)

full name / name of organization: 
Scott DeShong
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Criticism and the Divine: a Society for Critical Exchange session at the
Northeast Modern Language Association Convention in Philadelphia, March
2-5, 2006.

Twenty-minute presentations concerning the notion (or concept, image,
invocation, etc.) of the divine or the sacred as it emerges for recent
criticism/theory of literature and/or culture. How is the notion
explicitly or implicitly defined, engaged, critiqued, avoided,
superseded, deflected, etc.?

The topic might involve various lines of inquiry. How might one assess
the (putative) resurgence of interest in religion reflected in academic,
popular, and political discourse? What about concerns with faith,
sublimity, absoluteness, incorruptibility, and so on in areas besides
religion, such as aesthetics? Conversely, how might one respond to Talal
Asad's question, "What would an anthropology of secularism look like?"

Abstracts due 9/15/05 to Scott DeShong, or
alternatively Quinebaug Valley Community College, 742 Upper Maple St.,
Danielson CT 06239, USA.

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