CLSG Autumn Conference 2015
Homiletics / The Game of the Name
Saturday 7 November 2015
Corpus Christi College, Oxford
Offers of papers by 31 May 2015
Authors such as John Donne and J H Newman are known for their sermons, and there are other figures whose sermons in written form were widely read in their own time, even though they are little remembered today. Sermons make up the greatest proportion of surviving Old English literature and were a, perhaps the, major literary form in the 18-19th centuries. A conference paper may offer, for example, to contribute a literary analysis of a defined set of sermons, or a historical discussion placing sermons in relation to a Biblical topos or to a literary, historical or ecclesiastical period or movement.
Names are often translated or explained in Biblical texts, and many carry latent significance. The fundamental leverage of names in allegories may give way in later writing to connotative or ludic effects. The names of characters and places in the writings of authors such as Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton and Dickens have received attention from literary scholars.
Offers are invited of 25-minute papers to be read at the conference at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. It is intended that the two subjects will relate sermon studies and onomastics to the CLSG project of exploring Christian and Biblical themes in literature. Individual papers are not expected to straddle the two topics. Details of the conference will be progressively updated on the CLSG website, which also has a topical bibliography. The deadline for offers (email Dr Roger Kojecky, firstname.lastname@example.org) is 31 May 2015.
Members and non-members will be welcome.
CLSG: exploring Christian and Biblical themes in literature