Christianity and Literature Study Group

Christianity and Literature Study Group

Call for Papers

Annual Conference – Montreal – 12-15 May 2022

Deadline Extended: 9 January 2022


The Christianity and Literature Study Group invites proposals for papers on any aspect of Christianity and literature for its annual spring Conference, which will be held in person in Montreal, 12-15 May 2022. Hybrid options will be available for those who cannot attend in person – details to follow. We welcome a range of critical approaches and topics, including pedagogy, multimedia genres, and creative writing. Proposals for panels with alternate formats are particularly welcome.

We are happy to include in this revised CFP two member-organized panels, one on the Inklings and Philology, and one on Catholicism in Literature post 1798. Submissions to these panels should be sent directly to the panel chair, Greg.Maillet@crandallu.ca. For details on these panels, please see below.

The EXTENDED deadline for all paper proposals, including those for member-organized panels, is January 9th, 2022.

Paper Proposals

Paper proposers should send a 300-500 word proposal (with no identifying marks), a 100 word abstract, and a 50 word biographical statement including contact information and institutional affiliation (if applicable) to both conference organizers, Tina Trigg (The Kings University) tina.trigg@kingsu.ca and Katherine Quinsey (University of Windsor) kateq@uwindsor.ca , no later than 9 January 2022. All CLSG proposals are sent to a minimum of two readers on a blind referee basis, and acceptance is confirmed within a month of submission.

Note: In order to present a paper at the CLSG meeting, you must be a member in good standing of ACCUTE as well as of the CLSG.

Member-Organized Panels

Please send submissions directly to panel organizer at Greg.Maillet@crandallu.ca

#1) The Inklings and Philology

Famously, upon first meeting Tolkien, Lewis was wary of him as both a papist and philologist. While the religious concerns of the two future friends have often been explored, less well understood has been how philology remained important to the work of all the Inklings. This panel seeks papers on:

  • The philological basis of Tolkien’s art
  • Tolkien’s nonfiction on language, such as A Secret Vice
  • On what Tolkien learned from Old English or Middle English
  • On Lewis’s approach to philology in texts like Studies in Words, or in his long relationship with Owen Barfield
  • On Barfield’s major works, Including Poetic Diction, Worlds Apart, and Saving the Appearances; how are they still relevant to criticism and / or creative writing today?
  • Other writings on philology by the Inklings, including their honorary members and creative ancestors such as MacDonald, Chesterton, and Livesay.
Panel Chair: Greg Maillet, Crandall University
Greg.Maillet@crandallu.ca

#2) Catholicism and Post-1798 Literature

As most scholars now freely acknowledge, religion affects literary culture in a wide variety of ways. This panel seeks papers on the relationship between Catholicism and literature created after 1798, or from the Romantics to our present time. Some topics that might be considered:

  • How have Catholic conceptions of God affected a particular literary author or text?
  • How have Catholic conceptions of the sacraments affected a particular literary author or text?
  • How have Catholic conceptions of ethical questions affected a particular literary author or text?
  • Did Vatican II fundamentally alter how Catholic authors see themselves, or is it best for critics to understand them through the much wider lens of Catholic tradition?

Other approaches and questions are welcome.

Panel Chair: Greg Maillet, Crandall University
Greg.Maillet@crandallu.ca