Religion, Ethics, and the Secular in Literature: Intermediality, Intervention, or Conflict of the Faculties? Sponsored seminar by the ICLA Committee on Religion, Ethics, and Literature.

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Call for Papers
September 20, 2018
District Of Columbia, United States
Subject Fields: 
Humanities, Jewish History / Studies, Literature, Philosophy, Religious Studies and Theology

The American Comparative Literature Association's 2019 Annual Meeting, Georgetown University in Washington, DC, March 7th-10th, 2019.

Sponsored by the ICLA Research Committee on Religion, Ethics, and Literature, this seminar examines literature’s “actions” in relation to religion and ethics in order to ask whether literary representation must be reducible to an adversarial instrument, antagonistically positioned against the “faculties,” or can its recuperation of other media, principles and concepts from these disciplines transform the ways we think about epistemologies in general? In other words, does literary space reject religion and/or ethics because it is necessary to prevent the overreach of these disciplines into the aesthetic? Or does literature’s use of discrete aspects of these disciplines redeem the relationship between them?  

We seek comparative papers addressing the topic. Papers should focus on examples from at least two different linguistic traditions. We are especially interested in essays that examine literature as intermedial expression, and/or that focus on how literature synthesizes the signifiers, narratives, and principles from ethics and religion to produce new subject positions. Feel free to send queries about the seminar to Abstract submissions must be directed to the ACLA portal ( The portal will open August 30 and close September 20.


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Kitty Millet

San Francisco State University


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