Special Session Panel: Religion in American Literature (PAMLA), Portland, OR, 11/6-8, 2015
This panel seeks to address how questions of faith have shaped cultural meanings in American literary history. In particular, it welcomes papers that examine the relationship between suffering and religious identity. Some of the questions we will consider are: how do literary texts represent the connection between suffering and faith? How did the growth in secularity influence the way American writers conceptualized and responded to suffering? Do religious and non-religious writers come to terms with human suffering in different ways?