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Evidently Set Forth: 
God and the Human Stage
Day conference on Saturday 4 November 2017 at Corpus Christi College, Oxford

O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth – Galatians 3:1, KJV

‘Female Witness in Elizabeth Cary's The Tragedy of Mariam and the Virgin Martyr by Philip Massinger and Thomas Dekker’
     Mike Nolan
, lecturer in the Department of Creative Arts and English at La Trobe University Melbourne

 ‘From Scriptural Faces to Pauline Theodramatics in King Richard II’
     Catherine Lisak
, Professor of British literature at the University of Bordeaux Montaigne

‘Performing Virtue: Joban Heroism in Milton’s Samson Agonistes’
     Irene Montori
, recent PhD University of Rome, La Sapienza,

‘No life without stigmata’: ecstatic conclusions in British expressionist drama (Velona Pilcher’s The Searcher (1929), J.B. Priestley’s Johnson Over Jordan (1939) and Ewan MacColl’s The Other Animals (1948))
     Claire Warden, Reader in Drama at De Montfort University

‘From Battle to Baptism: Dorothy L Sayers’s last play’ (The Emperor Constantine)
     Margaret Wiedemann Hunt
, honorary archivist of Radius, the Religious Drama Society of Great Britain.

The Bible has a pervasive presence in Western drama from medieval times. The Biblical prophets communicated through dramatic actions as well as through words, as have prophetic figures and radical groups throughout Christian history. Prayer, liturgy, preaching and Christian living have all been described in terms of performance. Drama is found not only in the Bible, but also in poetry and prose fiction. Offers of papers were invited on, for example, aspects of the history and theory of drama, tragedy, drama in Biblical narrative, mystery plays, Biblical dramas, Puritanism and the theatres, and modern drama, including poetic drama, closet drama and studio drama. Performance is within this remit, as also is theo-drama (‘election is the ultimate casting call’, Vanhoozer, see also Urs von Balthasar). 

Papers adopt a historical or thematic approach, or may discuss individual plays or books, or draw comparisons e.g. as between King Lear and the Book of Job (discussed in the listed books by Marx and Hamlin). The CLSG interest is in Exploring Christian and Biblical themes in Literature.

Papers proposed have a reading time of about 30 minutes and are offered for subsequent publication in The Glass

Deadline for booking (with payment): 30 October

Programme and booking details.

Indicative book titles

CLSG Autumn Conference 2016

The deadline for offers (email Dr Roger Kojecky, secretary@clsg.org) was 31 May 2017.

Members and non-members welcome.

CLSG: exploring Christian and Biblical themes in literature



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