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The Sacred and the Profane, a seminar sponsored by the ICLA Research Committee on Religion, Ethics, and Literature

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Organizer: Kitty Millet

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This panel freights the intersection of the categories of the sacred and the profane in literature, suggesting that such an intersection transforms the nature of literature from an instrument of revelation controlled by a reader to the revelation itself, liberated from a reader. In this way, the committee invites papers that look at literary ontologies affected by the intersection of religion and literature, that examine literary "independence" or textual liberations from the constraints of religious and literary epistemologies. Additionally, scholars might examine the ethical implications of "unconstrained" texts. We are especially interested in papers that analyze more than one national literary tradition.


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