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340. Literature and Secularization

Wednesday, 6 January, 3:30–4:45 p.m., 617, WSCC

Program arranged by the Division on Literature and Religion

Presiding: Susannah Brietz Monta, Univ. of Notre Dame

Speakers: Lori Branch, Univ. of Iowa; John Cox, Hope Coll.; Tracy Fessenden, Arizona State Univ.; William Franke, Vanderbilt Univ.; Colin Lovell Jager, Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick; Michael W. Kaufmann, Temple Univ., Philadelphia

Session Description:

The recent religious turn in contemporary Continental philosophy and the reconsideration of secularization theses in the social sciences have created new opportunities for scholars to rethink the secular. Our roundtable will comprise scholars working in literary-historical fields from the seventeenth century to the present. Each scholar will present a position statement; an open discussion with the audience will follow.


  • General Literature – Literary Criticism and Theory

  • General Literature – Literature and Other Arts, Humanities, Law, Psychology, Science, and Sociology

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