CFP: Christianity and Literature (for spring 2015)

Intégrité (pronounced IN tay gri tay) is a scholarly journal published twice a year by the Faith & Learning Committee and the Humanities Division of Missouri Baptist University, St. Louis, MO. Published both online (http://www.mobap.edu/integrite) and in print copy, it welcomes essays for a special issue (spring 2015) on “Christianity and Literature.” Essays may explore aspects of Christianity in individual works or writers, in pedagogical matters pertaining to teaching literature at Christian universities, and in issues concerning courses devoted to specifically Christianity and literature. Some possible approaches and examples would include:

• The ability of mainstream literature to show the picture and power of spirituality in the lives of non-religious people (The End of the Affair by Graham Greene, as an example)

• The didactic literary work dealing with faith vs. the reflective/analytical literary work dealing with faith (their merits and drawbacks)

• The “stained-glass” idea, the notion that writers of imaginative literature might be less constrained in writing about faith: “This [freedom] makes it possible for literature to strip Christian doctrines of their ‘stained glass’ associations and make them appear in their real potency” (from C.S. Lewis)

• The question of whether there is a need for an anti-Christian voice among the readings in a Christianity and Literature course and what might be gained by that

• The pleasure-giving aspect of reading literature: “The Christian tradition has never been able to make up its mind about whether the affective persuasiveness of literature is good or bad” (from The Christian Imagination)

For this issue the journal also welcomes reviews of scholarly books published since 2010 that explore the topic of Christianity and Literature. Essays should be 10-25 pages in length, and book reviews should be 5-8 pages. For citation style, refer to the current edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. Articles should include in-text citations in parentheses, a list of endnotes (if applicable), and an alphabetical listing of works cited at the end. Proposals and abstracts may be submitted until December 1, 2014. Essays are due no later than March 15, 2015. Please send submissions in Word attachments.

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