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Religious Faith and Literary Art

Art & Soul 2000

Art & Soul
Thursday, February 24 - Sunday, February 27, 2000

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Larry Allums

Director, Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture and editor of The Epic Cosmos (Studies in Genre).

Fredrick Barton, University of New Orleans

Author of the novels With Extreme Prejudice and The El Cholo Feeling Passes.

Jack Butler, College of Santa Fe

Poet, cookbook author, and novelist whose works include the Pulitzer-nominated novel Living in Litte Rock with Miss Litte Rock and Jujitsu for Christ.

Dennis Covington, University of Alabama-Birmingham

Finalist for the National Book Award for Salvation on Sand Mountain, and author of Lizard, Lasso the Moon, and (with Vicki Covington) Cleaving: The Story of a Marriage.

Vicki Covington

Author of the novels Bird of Paradise, Night Ride Home, and The Last Hotel for Women and the memoir (with Dennis Covington) Cleaving: The Story of a Marriage.

Elizabeth (Betsy) Cox, Duke University

Author of the novels Familiar Ground, The Ragged Way People Fall Out of Love, and Night Talk.

C. Michael Curtis

Senior Editor of The Atlantic Monthly and editor of God: Stories.

Robert Darden, III, Baylor University

Editor of the religion and humor magazine The Door and author of the nonfiction books The Way of an Eagle and Mad Man in Waco and the novel I, Jesus.

Carol Dawson

Author of the novels The Mother-in-Law Diaries, Body of Knowledge, and The Waking Spell.

William Virgil Davis, Baylor University

Winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award and author of One Way to Reconstruct the Scene and Winter Light.

Marc Ellis, Baylor University

Author of A Year at the Catholic Worker, Ending Auschwitz: The Future of Jewish and Christian Life, Unholy Alliance: Religion and Atrocity in Our Time, and O, Jerusalem: The Contested Future of the Jewish Covenant.

Greg Garrett, Baylor University

Winner of the William Faulkner Prize for Fiction; author of short fiction published in the U.S., Canada, Austrailia, and New Zealand, and prize-winning writer of creative nonfiction.

Diane Glancy, Macalester College

Prolific poet, fiction writer, and essayist who has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities, A North American Indian Prose Award, A Minnesota Award, and an American Book Award.

Lisa Goett, Milton Center Fellow

Winner of the Paris Review Discovery Award and author of poems in Ploughshares, Antioch Review, and other journals.

John Grisham

Author of The Testament, The Firm, and many other best-selling novels.

John Jenkinson, Milton Center Fellow

Winner of an AWP Intro/Journals Award and author of poems in Georgia Review, Quarterly West, and other journals.

Charles Johnson, University of Washington

Author of the National Book Award-winning novel Middle Passage and the novel Dreamer and winner of a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant.

Marilyn Krysl, University of Colorado

Author of more than 100 poems, plus stories and essays in The Atlantic, The Nation, The New Replublic, and many other journals, as well as in O. Henry Prize Stories, the Pushcart Prize Anthology, Sudden Fiction and Best Little Magazine Fiction, and co-editor of the literary journal Many Mountains Moving.

Roger Lundin, Wheaton College

Author of Emily Dickinson and the Art of Belief and Literature through the eyes of Faith.

E. Ethelbert Miller, Howard University

Director of the African-American Resource Center at Howard, editor of In Search of Color Everywhere: A Collection of African-American Poetry, and author of the collections Whispers, Secrets and Promises and First Light: New and Selected Poems.

Mark Noll, Wheaton College

Author of The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind and A History of Christianity in the United States and Canada.

Joni Rodgers

Author of the novels Crazy for Trying, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers book, and Sugar Land, and the forthcoming cancer memoir, Bald in the Land of Big Hair.

Mark Ryan

Literary agent and partner with the New Brand Agency in Florida, Ryan represents authors of both fiction and non-fiction, and has recently placed manuscripts at Pocket Books, Peachtree, Harcourt-Brace, St. Martin's, and Randon House.

Katie Singer

Author of The Wholeness of a Broken Heart, a Barned & Noble Discover Great New Writers book, has also published in Lilith, Heresies, Sonourner, and The Jewis Women's 1997 Annual.

David Sterritt, Long Island University

Film critic, Christian Science Monitor, and author of The Films of Alfred Hitchcock and Mad to Be Saved: The Beats, the '50's, and Film.

Ralhp Wood, Baylor University

Author of The Comedy of Redemption: Christian Faith and Comic Vision in Four American Novelists.

William Varela, University of Texas-El Paso

Award-winning avant-garde director of Ghost Town, Recuerdos de Flores Muertas, A Lost Man, and many other films.

Gregory Wolfe

Founder and editor of Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion, and author of Malcolm Muggeridge: A Biography, Sacred Passion: The Art of William Schickel, and essays, reviews, and articles in numerous journals, including First Things, National Review and re:generation Quarterly.


Thursday, February 24

12:30 p.m.

Popular Fiction

  • N.V. Cherkas, Ivan Franko Lviv University, Lviv, Ukraine: Allusions to Religious Wars in R. Bach's Novel ONE
  • Linda Kraeger, Grayson County College: John Grisham: Baptist Beliefs Lead to Bestsellers

Sermoneers and Storytellers

  • Joe R. Christopher, Tarleton State University: The Christian Aspects of Melville Davisson Post's Uncle Abner Stories
  • Joe E. Barnhart, University of North Texas: A Twentieth-Century Jonathan Edwards
  • Kirk Layton, University of Wales-Lampeter: Gordon/Connor: Religious Fiction

American Women Writers

  • M. Christine Tata: Blood, Sweat, Tears, and Ink: Feminist Theology and Nineteenth-Century Novels
  • Rory C. Dicker, Vanderbilt University: Healing the Wounds of the Nation: Feminized Faith in Elizabeth Stuart Phelp's The Gates Ajar
  • Renee Graves, University of Memphis: A Kingdom of Heaven on Earth: Christian Socialism Within the Works of Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Panel Discussion: Toward a New Christian Fiction

  • Diane Glancy
  • Al Haley
  • Greg Garrett
  • C. Michael Curtis


  • Barbara Pinkerton: Fiction
  • Mark Ewy, Baylor University: Fiction
  • Brenda Pitts: Fiction

Pastoral Workshop

  • John Ballenger: Reclaiming the Aesthetic: Art and Worship

1:00 p.m.

Public Presentation

  • Lise Goett and John Jenkinson: Reading

2:00 p.m.

Theology, Philosophy, and Criticism

  • William Tate, Campbell University: Post-Barthian 'Secular Parables' and Postmodern American Fiction
  • Amadeep Singh, Duke University: The Post-Secular Nose: Religious Difference and the Territories of the Body
  • Susan Colon, Florida State University: Origin Myths and Serpentine Women: A. S. Byatt's Reinscription of Milton


  • Bruce Chabot, Texas A&M University: Auto-Baptism and the Anti-Messiah: Herald Loomis in August Wilson's "Joe Turner's Come and Gone"
  • Joseph D. Stamey, McMurry University: The Gospel According to Tennessee Williams
  • Martha D. Greene, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Neither Jew nor Greek: Race in Twentieth-Century Biblical Drama

Southern Fiction

  • Gregory Stewart, University of Texas--Dallas: Resemblance in the Image and Likeness: Contemporary Southern Fiction and the Influence of Popular Culture
  • Nancy Gidden, Texas State Technical College: Home Again: Southern Writers and Place
  • Patricia G. Bleicher, Arlington, Virginia: Walker Percy and Moses the Preacher: Reading God's Signs as Evidence


  • Russell Hogg, Baylor University: Fiction
  • Barbara Sherrod, Fort Collins, CO: Fiction
  • Steve Wallin: Nonfiction

Pastoral Workshop

  • Randall O'Brien, Baylor University: The Conversion of the Imagination: Storytelling as Creative Preaching

Panel Discussion: Writing for Literary Journals

  • Jeff Lawrence, Communique
  • Donna Walker-Nixon, Windhover
  • Greg Wolfe, Image

Public Presentation

  • William Virgil Davis: Reading

3:00 p.m.

Public Presentation

  • Elizabeth Cox: reading

3:30 p.m.

Theology, Philosophy, and Criticism

  • Mike Kraftson-Hogue: Giver, (1) Giving, Gift, (2) Giving: Marion and Augustine on God and Hermeneutics (Predication turning to praise)
  • Alberto Carrillo Canan, Universidad Autonoma de Puebla, Mexico: Kierkegaard's Amphibolous Conjunction of Joy and Sorrow and His Literary Theory
  • Peter Lecouras, Coastal Carolina University: From S.T. Coleridge to Paul de Man: Symbol and Allegory in the American Century

Mary and Mary Magdelene

  • Rebekah Hamilton, Univ. of Texas-Pan American: Modern Literary Portrayals of Mary Magdalene
  • Laura Bajor, Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars: Two Marys (plus poetry)

Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises and Religion

  • Candace Beinstock: Papa Can You Hear Me: Anti-Semitism in The Sun Also Rises
  • Bryan Lipscom: The Void of Religion in The Sun Also Rises
  • Brenda Cornell: "You've a Hell of a Biblical Name, Jake": Biblical Characters in The Sun Also Rises

Pastoral Workshop

  • Stan Denman, Baylor University: Dramatic Literature, Scripture, and Ministry

Panel Discussion: The Internet for Writers

  • Helen Ginger
  • Lila Guzman
  • Susan Rockhold

Master Class: Poetry

  • John Jenkinson: Love from Another World: The Sheep Child and You

4:00 p.m.

Public Presentation

  • Joni Rodgers: Reading

5:00 p.m.

Public Presentation

  • Diane Glancy: Reading

7:00 p.m.

Public Presentation

  • Mark Noll: Religious Surprises, Ironies, and Conundrums in Twentieth-Century America

Booksigning: Joni Rodgers

8:30 p.m.

Public Presentation/Film Screening

  • Willie Varela: Images of (Tortured) Spirituality in Modern Cinema

Public Presentation

  • Ethelbert Miller: Reading

10:00 p.m.

Open mike poetry

Friday, February 25

8:30 a.m.

  • Manuscript consultations


  • Joni Rodgers: Creative Nonfiction

Public Presentation

  • John Grisham

Public Presentation

  • Ralph Wood, Baylor University: A Canticle for Leibowitz

2:00 p.m.

Nineteenth-Century British Poetry

  • Susan M. Lymbery, Malaspina University-College of Nanaimo, British Columbia: Expectations within the Garden: Wordsworth's Margaret and Genesis' Eve in 'The RuinedCottage'
  • David A. Matthew, University of Florida: Uncertain Future, Certain Body: Eschatology and Corporeality in Hopkins' 'The Wreck of the Deutschland'

Popular Culture

  • Amy Collins, Wheaton College, and James Swan Tuite, Yale Divinity School: The Self to be Helped: An Analysis of the Anthropology in Religious and Secular Self-Help Literature in the United States, 1920-1940
  • Becky Bridges Watts, Texas A&M: The Religion and Rhetoric of School Spirit: A Case Study of the Traditions of Texas A&M University
  • Steven Jones, University of Virginia: Pulp Fiction, Christian Style

Evidence of Grace: The Poetry Of Walter McDonald

  • Darryl Tippens, Abilene Christian University: 'Dark Pearls': Walter McDonald's Poetic Journey of Faith
  • William Jolliff, George Fox University: 'Intimations of Higher Matters': Anagogical Closure in Walter McDonald's Burning the Fence
  • Chris Willerton, Abilene Christian University: Perseverance in Walter McDonald's Poetry
  • Helen F. Maxson, Southwestern Oklahoma State University: Forms of Incarnation in the Recent Poetry of Walter McDonald

Master Class: Fiction and Autobiography

  • Fredrick Barton

Master Class: Prosody

  • Jack Butler

Pastoral Workshop

  • Scott Walker, First Baptist Church, Waco, TX: Writing and Ministry


  • Steven Ostrowski, Sacred Heart University: Fiction/poetry
  • Kelly Neel, Baylor University: Fiction
  • Trent Masiki, Emerson College: Fiction
Public Presentation
  • Roger Lundin: Hermeneutics and History in Faulkner

3:00 p.m.

Public Presentation

  • Larry Allums: Conrad Kingsolver: Western Visions of Redemption for the Dark Continent

3:30 p.m.

Reading the Reader

  • Sarah Winters, University of Toronto: Suspending Disbelief: The Atheist Reader and Christian Poetry
  • Jacquelyn Saunders, Texas Christian University: "Will This Be the Death of Us?: Violence and the Reader in O'Connor's Fiction
  • Chris Willerton, Abilene Christian University: Hypertext and the Christian Reader

Spirituality, Theology and Poetry

  • Bruce Allen Heggen, Lutheran Ministry, University of Delaware: Robert Bly: The Theopoetics of Descent
  • Ian Singer, University of Toronto: 'Slow Train Coming:' Bob Dylan's American Song Apocalyptic, 1960-2000
  • Francesca Abbate, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukie: The Subversive Instant: The Authority of Poetic Languages

Fitzgerald and Cather

  • Tom Reedy, Texas Christian University: The Deteriorization of Religious Faith in The Great Gatsby
  • Jeff Keuss, University of Glasgow, Scotland: "I know myself and that is all": F. Scott Fitzgerald's "This Side of Paradise" and the Role of Higher Education in Identity Formation
  • Steve Ryan, Willa Cather Pioneer Memorial: Willa Cather: Charting Her Own Theological Course

Master Class: Humor

  • Bob Darden

Master Class: Poetry

  • Lise Goett: Conjuring the Sacred: Spells for the Creative Process

Panel Discussion: Characterization

  • Elizabeth Cox
  • Bret Lott
  • Jack Butler
  • Joy Jordan Lake

Pastoral Workshop

  • Chris Seay, Ecclesia, Houston, TX: Narrative in the Postmodern Age


  • Greg Koehler, Baylor University: Fiction
  • Margaret Todd Maitland, Hungry Mind Review: Nonfiction
  • Christina Hutchins, Pacific School of Religion: Poetry

4:00 p.m.

Public Presentation

  • Marc Ellis: Fragments: Piecing Together a Jewish Life after the Holocaust

5:00 p.m.

Public Presentation

  • Katie Singer: Reading: The Wholeness of a Broken Heart

7:00 p.m.

Public Presentation

  • Religion and the Writing of Dreamer

Booksigning: Katie Singer

8:30 p.m.

Public Screening

  • The Apostle, David Sterrit: Moderator

Public Presentation

  • Jack Butler: Reading

Saturday, February 26

9:00 a.m.

Manuscript Consultations


  • : Barbara Sherrod: Writing Midrash

9:00 a.m.

Booksigning: Barbara Pinkerton

9:30 a.m.

20th Century Fiction

  • Nurten Birlik, Middle East Technical University, Turkey: Catholicism and Graham Greene's Fiction
  • Kristin Bryant, Case Western Reserve University: Constructed Identities and the Essential Self: Forms of the Self in Virginia Woolf's Orlando
  • Andrew Spencer, Baylor University: "My God, My God, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?": The Absence of God in Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath

The Beats

  • Michael James Mahin, Claremont Graduate University: The Beats and Blasphemy: Lessons in Iconoclasm and the American Dream
  • Matthew Theado, Gardner Webb: Beatniks and Beatitudes: Catholic and Judaic Influences on Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg
  • Deshae E. Lott, Texas A&M University: Roadside Scribblings of Jack Kerouac and Natalie Goldberg: Celebrating Transciency with Writing as a Spiritual Practice

Film and Drama

  • Madelon Sprengnether, University of Minnesota: C.S. Lewis and Shadowlands
  • Martin Buxbaum, University of Vienna: The Drama of Religion

Spiritual Autobiography

  • Roxanne Harde, Queen's University: "I consoled my heart": Conversion Rhetoric and Subjectivity in the Personal Narratives of Elizabeth Ashbridge and Abigail Bailey
  • Deborah Lee Ames, Oklahoma State University: "We Live in Biblical Times": The Collision between the Autobiographies of Holocaust Survivors and the Canon of Sacred History
  • James Rogers, University of St. Thomas: Feeling After God: Materiality and Mystry in Dennis Covington's Salvation on Sand Mountain

Communique Panel

  • Leaving the American Century: Art, Literature and the Post-Christian Soul


  • John Poch, University of North Texas: Poetry
  • Jeffrey DeLotto, Texas Wesleyan University: Poetry
  • Robert Fink, Hardin-Simmons University: Poetry

10:00 a.m.

Public Presentation

  • Fredrick Barton: Arcing toward the Light

11:00 a.m.

Faith and Writing

  • Thom Mannarino, Florida State University: Between Earth and Sky: Gay Writers on Faith
  • Micah Jendian, San Diego State Unversity: William Saroyan's "mystical - Christian sensibilities"
  • Christina Hutchins, Pacific School of Religion: Turning Open Language and Life: One Poet's Exploration of Poetry as Theological Reflection and Religious Experience

African-American Literature

  • Anna Engle, Emory University: "It was a glorious resurrection, for the tomb of slavery": Frederick Douglass's Discourse of Conversion
  • Emily Griesinger, Azusa Pacific University: Reimagining Grace: Holiness' Spirituality in Toni Morrison's Beloved
  • Darren Middleton, Texas Christian University: Evil Breeds Sanctity, Dunghills Sprout Daisies: Theological Anthropology in Toni Morrison's Sula

Papa Hemingway at 100: Religious Elements in Hemingway's Writings

  • Alexander Bouchev: Existential Themes and Religious Allusions in Ernest Hemingway's Works
  • Larry Grimes: Papa's Big Two-Hearted Religion: Syncretism, Blasphemy, and Carnival, in Hemingway's True at First Light
  • Sage Hamilton Rountree: The Clean, Well-Lighted Place in Hemingway's 'Homage to Switzerland'

Master Class: Representation and Publication

  • Mark Ryan: How to Find Your Way out of the Writer's Wilderness and into the Promised Land of Publication

Panel Discussion: Creativity and Spirituality

  • Ethelbert Miller
  • Katie Singer
  • Steven Ostrowski
  • Carol Dawson

Writing, Storytelling, and Communication

  • Ann Christian: The Gospel According to Marquee
  • Christina Hutchins, Pacific School of Religion: Turning Open Language and Life: One Poet's Exploration of Poetry as Theological Reflection and Religious Experience
  • Jennifer Curtis: Storytelling: An Ancient Vehicle Transporting Faith into 2000


  • Sarah Woodrick, Baylor University: Fiction
  • Marilyn Krysl, University of Colorado: Nonfiction
  • Steve Weathers, Abilene Christian University: Fiction

Public Presentation

  • David Sterritt: The Spiritual Impulse in American Avant-Garde Film

1:00 p.m.

Public Presentation

  • C. Michael Curtis: Writing about God

2:00 p.m.

Public Presentation

  • Bret Lott: On Surrendering the Self and the Art of Writing

3:00 p.m.

Public Presentation

  • Ethelbert Miller: African American Poetry and Spirituality

3:30 p.m.

Renaissance and Reformation

  • Nefeli Misuraca, Yale University: Caravaggio: Teasing the Gods
  • William Scheick, University of Texas: From Renaissance Drama to Puritan Heraldry

Eliot and Williams

  • David Mahan, Rivendell Institute, Yale University: "New Verse" and the "High Dream": Faith, Culture and the Conditions for Poetic Excellence in the Thought of T.S. Eliot
  • Michael M. Jordan, Hillsdale College: The First Principle of Culture and Community (T.S. Eliot)
  • Ian Copestake, University of Leeds: William Carlos Williams and the Rutherford Unitarian Church and Society

Religious Pilgrimages in Hemingway's Work

  • John Clark: Personal Religious Pilgrimages With Hemingway's Work
  • H. R. Stoneback: Religious Pilgrimages in the Works of Ernest Hemingway

Flannery O'Connor Society Panel

  • Robert Donahoo, Sam Houston State University: Chair
  • Annette Moral, Carroll College: Somebody Ought to Blow the Lid Off: Flannery O'Connor's Fiction and the Catholic Understanding of Revelation
  • Jacqueline Lauby and Joy A. Farmer, Reinhardt College: After the Revelation: Taking Responsibility for Spiritual Enlightenment
  • E. Cayce Dumont, University of California, Davis: Flannery O'Connor and the Place of the Sublime: The Failed Journey of Self-Identification

Panel Discussion: Spiritual Autobiography

  • Marc Ellis
  • Dennis Covington
  • Vicki Covington
  • Marilyn Krysl


  • Rebecca Munro, Baylor University: Storytelling
  • Louise Collins: Liturgy Presentation
  • Sarah Skwire, University of Chicago: Poetry and Prose

4:00 p.m.

Public Presentation

  • Carol Dawson: Reading

5:00 p.m.

Public Presentation

  • Dennis and Vicki Covington: The Problem of the Azure-Headed Jay and A Meditation for Bad Girls

8:30 p.m.

Public Presentation

  • Greg Garrett: Reading

Sunday, February 27

10:00 a.m.

Christianity and Literature

  • Scot Lahaie, Baylor University: Out of the Silent Genre: C.S. Lewis, Space Trilogy and the Great Genre Debate
  • Richard M Owsley, University of North Texas: Thomas Mann's Holy Sinner and the Choice of Evil
  • Cathie English, University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Community, Stability, and Daily Seeking God: The Role of the Rule of St. Benedict in Kathleen Norris' Writing


  • Lyn Fraser, Mesa State College: Nonfiction
  • Leonore Wilson: Poetry
  • H.R Stoneback, SUNY-New Paltz: Poetry

Master Class: Marketing and Publication

  • Greg Garrett