2011: University of New Brunswick

Conference Chairs: Margo Swiss (York) and David A. Kent (Centennial College)

Saturday, May 28

1. Noon: Milton, Pope, and Wordsworth
Chair: Margaret Steffler (Trent)

Margo Swiss (York): “Laudian Milton: Liturgical Formation in ‘On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity'”

Katherine M. Quinsey (Windsor): “Joint Tenant of the Shade: Pope and the Animals”

Suzanne Stewart (Mount Allison): “Monastic Wordsworth: Nature as a Sanctuary, the Mind as its Cell”

Sunday, May 29

2. Noon: Theory
Chair: Deborah Bowen (Redeemer UC)

Richard Lane (Vancouver Island): “Reclaiming Abjection as Pleromatos: Vulnerable and Exposed Subjectivity in Rebecca West’s The Return of the Soldier

Norm Klassen (St. Jerome’s College, Waterloo): “Beauty on the Threshold of Nature and Grace”

3. Evening: George Whalley
Chair: Michael DiSanto (Algoma)

John Baxter (Dalhousie): “A Northern Tragedy: George Whalley on the Story of John Hornby and Edgar Christian”

Anthony John Harding (Saskatchewan): “George Whalley as northern voice in Elizabeth Hay’s Late Nights on Air

Michael John DiSanto (Algoma): “Sea, Solitude, and Death in George Whalley’s Life and Writings”

Monday, May 30

4. Noon: The Religious Horizons of Post-1945 British Fiction
Chair: J. Russell Perkin (St. Mary’s)

Dominic Mangianello (Ottawa): “Free Fall: William Golding’s Dantesque Portrait of the Artist”

Deborah C. Bowen (Redeemer UC): Salman Rushdie’s Haroun and the Sea of Stories: Magic as Realism”

Andrew Atkinson (Wilfrid Laurier): “Zadie Smith’s Theological Aesthetics: Beauty, Bare Life, and Paradox”

5. Evening: Victorian
Chair: David A. Kent (Centennial)

Adrea Johnson (Regent College): “The ‘dread of the disease will bring on the disease itself’: Joris Karl Huysmans and the decadent exploration of faith, disease, and degeneration”

D.M.R. Bentley (Western): “Dante Gabriel’s ‘Absurd’ ‘Medievalisms’ in Context”

Amanda Paxton (York): “‘I strive to give it language’: Richard Watson Dixon’s Poetry of the Numinous”

Tuesday, May 31

6. Noon: Whither literary theory? Insights from Contemporary Christian Thought
Chair: Greg Maillet (Crandall)

Abram Steen (Crandall): “Searching for Transcendence: the role of literature in Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age

Ken Jacobsen (Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, Memorial): “Speaking the Truth in Love: Theory and Praxis in the Criticism of Alan Jacobs”

Greg Maillet (Crandall): “Truth, Being, Beauty: Balthasar on literature and the experience of God”

7. Afternoon: Contemporary
Chair: Stephen Dunning (Trinity Western)

Laura Van Dyke (Trinity Western): “Towards an Alchemical Theology? Hermetic Spiritualities in Lindsay Clarke’s The Chymical Wedding Patrick Harpur’s Mercurius

Jocelyn Williams (St. Mary’s): “Another Old Buck: Masculinity and Spirituality in Andre Dubus’s Short Fiction”

Stephen Dunning (Trinity Western): “David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas: Christian Ethics within a Nietzschean Prison”