June 5-7 in Nashville at Lipscomb University http://www.lipscomb.edu/csc
John Updike and Christian Thought
Beginning with his earliest publications and continuing throughout his lengthy professional career, John Updike authored literary works that have borne a pronounced relationship to Christian intellectual concerns. Lutheran, Barthian, Puritan, Congregationalist, Reformed, and Calvinist–all these theologies, as well as other schools of Christian thought, have figured prominently in his novels, short stories, poetry, and nonfiction.
This peer-reviewed session invites paper proposals from researchers in relevant fields of literature or theology on the varied ways in which Christian thought undergirded Updike’s literary output in plot, theme, characterization, imagery, or other aspects. Especially encouraged are proposals that provide interfacing scholarly commentary for the conference’s world premier stage production of Updike’s Roger’s Version.
Proposals of 300-400 words will be accepted through January 15. Those submitting will be notified of the status of their proposals by February 15. Accepted proposals must be completed and submitted to the session chair by May 15. Send proposals and queries to: Steve Weathers, Abilene Christian University firstname.lastname@example.org.