Mysticism, Magic, and the Occult in American Literature

deadline for submissions: 
January 26, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
American Religion and Literature Society
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Mysticism, Magic, and the Occult in American Literature

American Literature Association
33rd Annual Conference
May 26-29, 2022
Chicago 

American authors have demonstrated a sustained interest in mysticism, esoterica, magic, the occult, and what Emma Mason and Mark Knight have recently dubbed “weird faith.” The American Religion and Literature Society invites proposals for presentations that focus on American authors’ engagement with non-dominant forms of religion. We welcome papers that offer new perspectives on more well-known cases—such as H. D.’s take on the occult, or the influence of Gurdjieff’s mysticism on Toomer—as well as those that examine lesser known examples. We encourage proposals on any form – prose, poetry, drama – or time period. 

 Please send abstracts (under 1,000 words) to Andrew J. Ball (ball@math.harvard.edu) by January 26.