2014 Southwest Conference on Christianity and Literature

Conference Schedule

November 14
8:00-9:00 Registration                                                       Simmons Great Hall Entry

9:00-10:15 Creative Writing                                                Simmons Great Hall - C
Moderator: Nate Hansen
Nathaniel L. Hansen, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Benjamin Myers, Oklahoma Baptist University
Brent Newsom, Oklahoma Baptist University
Toby F. Coley, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

10:30-11:45 Poetry from the Early Fathers to Milto
Moderator: Toby Coley
Timothy E. G. Bartel, Houston Baptist University
“Reclaiming the Form of the Fathers: Patristic Poetry in English Translation”

Josh Mayo, University of Dallas
“Providence & Tense in Paradise Lost, Book III”

Mark Hall, Oral Roberts University
"The Poet of 'Virtue': The Rise of the Reputation of George Herbert During the Victorian Period."

11:45-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:15 Twentieth-Century Conversation                Simmons Great Hall - C
Moderator: Jon Bowman
Steve Pinkerton, University of Texas at Austin
“‘Outlaws in Christ’: Tracking an American Topos”

Julia Yost, Yale University
“Therapeutic Postsecularity in Toni Morrison’s Beloved

Peter G. Epps, Visiting Professor, Oklahoma State University
“‘Can Poetry Matter?’—Definitely, and With Many Voices”

2:30-3:45 Christian Ways of Reading
Moderator: Jonathan Himes
Philip Irving Mitchell, Dallas Baptist University
“The Way of Images: Austin Farrer, C. S. Lewis, and the Apocalypse”

Toby F. Coley, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
“Lewis, Sayers, Eliot, and O’Connor: Perspectives on a Christian Literary Theory”

R. Eric Tippin, Kansas State University
“Alas! Dear Lector”: Hilaire Belloc’s Dramatic Reader in the Text”

 4:00-5:15 Panel on Beggar’s Feast
Moderator: Patty Kirk
Patty Kirk, John Brown University
Stephen Barnes, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Lydia Cooper, Creighton University

5:30 Dinner on Campus                                                     Simmons Great Hall - A

7:00 Keynote Speaker: Randy Boyagoda                        Simmons Great Hall - C

November 15

8:30 Meeting of Conference on Christianity and Literature  
All members invited                                                             Simmons Great Hall – C 

9:00-10:15 Christianity and the Contemporary Arts        Simmons Great Hall - C
Moderator: Brad Gambill
Rebecka Scott , Abilene Christian University
“Resurrecting Romance: An Exploration of the Evangelical Romance Genre and Its Cultural Implications”

Brad Gambill, John Brown University
“On Diane Glancy”

Thomas Britt, George Mason University
"The Presence of Faith Across Genres in Contemporary Film and Television"

10:30-11:45 Pre-Post Secular Faith and Literature
Moderator: Jake Stratman
Amanda E. Himes, John Brown University
"When Priests Struggle: Doubt and Faith in Graham Greene's The Power and the Glory."

Kathryn Ludwig, Independent Scholar
“The Literary in this Postsecular Age”

Jon Bowman, John Brown University
“Charles Taylor’s Aesthetic Appeal to Literary-Religious ‘Conversions’: Concluding Conditions for Authentic Belief in A Secular Age (2007)”

11:45-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:15 19th-20th c British                                               Simmons Great Hall - C
Moderator: Amanda Himes
Geoffrey Reiter, The Baptist College of Florida
“‘A Weary and Wandering Sigh’: The Victorian Crisis of Faith in Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark”

Larry E. Fink, Professor of English, Hardin-Simmons University
“Rereading George MacDonald’s Phantastes, Again”

Mary Dengler, Dordt College
“Frances Burney’s Evelina: A Critique of the Ancien Regime and Plea for its Moral Reform”

2:30-3:45 Christianity and Contemporary Fiction
Moderator: Mark Hall
Jonathan Himes, John Brown University
“Questioning God(s) in Other Worlds in Lev Grossman’s The Magicians

Michelle Matheny, Southeast Missouri State University
“The Aesthetic of the Better Story in Life of Pi

Jake Stratman, John Brown University
"Holy Identity:  Spiritual Formation In the Graphic Novels of Gene Luen Yang"

Ariane Peveto, Abilene Christian University
“Friends Forever: The Myth of Friendship and the Role of the Hero’s Companions”

4:00-5:15 Cormac McCarthy
Moderator: Charles Pastoor
Cameron Moore, Spring Arbor University
“The Cowboy and the Critics: The Validation of the Heart in Cormac McCarthy’s Cities of the Plain

Jay Beavers, Baylor University
“The Prophetic Impulse in Cormac McCarthy’s Child of God

Ryan Womack, Baylor University
"Of Shadow and Rumor: Sacraments and Storytelling in Cormac McCarthy’s The Crossing and The Road"

5:30 PM Dinner (On Your Own)

7:30 PM Musical (On Campus)                                           Berry Performing Arts Center