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CLSG Autumn Conference 2015

Homiletics / The Game of the Name

Saturday 7 November 2015
Corpus Christi College, Oxford

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.

'Christian Names: some aspects of literary onomastics in early English literature'
   Dr Paul Cavill, University of Nottingham,
‘Robert Southwell's sermon The Triumphs over Death’
   Dr Mike Nolan, La Trobe University, Melbourne,
‘The Performance of Plain Preaching in the Sermons of the English Puritan preacher Richard Sibbes’
   Chin Hwa Myatt,
‘Wuldorfæder and Heofenrices Weard: The Names of God in Old English Poetry’
   Samuel Cardwell, Cambridge

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