Recent advances in post-secular thought have made clear the difficulties of distinguishing between religious and extra-religious representations of the supernatural. Vampires, zombies, apocalypse, and gothic horror are just some examples of fictional modes and characters that blur the lines between religious and secular imaginations. To what end do American writers blur or reinscribe these lines in new ways? Is a zombie apocalypse or a survivalist narrative a secular adaption of religious belief to a material reality? Or does it remain religious? How can we tell? We invite papers that explore how American writers confront the difficulty of representing religious belief, practice, or ritual in a secular age.
Please submit a 500-word abstract by January 15, 2014 to Sara Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org
The American Literature Associationís 25th annual conference will meet at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill on May 22-25, 2014 (Thursday through Sunday of Memorial Day weekend).
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