Friday, October 16, 2015

Christian Literary Studies Group Conference: Homiletics / The Game of the Name

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Christian Literary Studies Group (CLSG) Conference: Homiletics / The Game of the Name, Oxford, November 7, 2015

6009799407_cbf12106a1_mOn the 7th of November 2015, the Christian Literary Studies Group (CLSG) will be holding a conference entitled “Homiletics / The Game of the Name” at Corpus Christi College, Oxford (UK). The purpose of the CLSG is to explore the Christian faith via literary analysis.
This year’s conference will explore the significance of names and naming in Biblical texts. Some of the scheduled presentations include:
  • “Christian Names: some aspects of literary onomastics in early English literature”, Dr Paul Cavill, University of Nottingham
  • “Robert Southwell’s sermon The Triumphs over Death”, Dr Mike Nolan, La Trobe University, Melbourne
  • “Wuldorfæder and Heofenrices Weard: The Names of God in Old English Poetry”, Samuel Cardwell, Cambridge
The attendance fee for non-members is £18.  Click here for more information about the conference and to learn about the CLSG Journal, The Glass.
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CLSG Autumn Conference 2015
Homiletics / The Game of the Name
Saturday 7 November 2015
Corpus Christi College, Oxford

Authors such as John Donne and J H Newman are known for their sermons, and there are other figures whose sermons in written form were widely read in their own time, even though they are little remembered today. Sermons make up the greatest proportion of surviving Old English literature and were a, perhaps the, major literary form in the 18-19th centuries. A conference paper may offer, for example, to contribute a literary analysis of a defined set of sermons, or a historical discussion placing sermons in relation to a Biblical topos or to a literary, historical or ecclesiastical period or movement.
Names are often translated or explained in Biblical texts, and many carry latent significance. The fundamental leverage of names in allegories may give way in later writing to connotative or ludic effects. The names of characters and places in the writings of authors such as Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton and Dickens have received attention from literary scholars.
Papers:
'Christian Names: some aspects of literary onomastics in early English literature'
   Dr Paul Cavill, University of Nottingham,
‘Robert Southwell's sermon The Triumphs over Death’
   Dr Mike Nolan, La Trobe University, Melbourne,
‘The Performance of Plain Preaching in the Sermons of the English Puritan preacher Richard Sibbes’
   Chin Hwa Myatt,
‘Wuldorfæder and Heofenrices Weard: The Names of God in Old English Poetry’
   Samuel Cardwell, Cambridge
Members and non-members welcome.
CLSG: exploring Christian and Biblical themes in literature

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