ARLS at the ALA – San Francisco: May 27, 2016

Friday, May 27. 12:40 to 2:00 p.m. (Bay Level: Seacliff A)
“Folk and Indigenous Religions in American Literature”
Chair: Caleb Spencer, Azusa Pacific University
1. “Samson Occom’s Continental Place-Naming as Sacred Counter-History.” – Wilson Brissett, U.S. Air Force Academy
2. “A Liberated Religion: The Black Church in Beloved.” Allison Grace Myers, Texas State University
3. “Puritan Heritage in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Folk Theology.” Kenyon Gradert, Washington University in St. Louis

Friday, May 27. 2:10 to 3:30 p.m. (Pacific J)
“American Literature and Belief: Modern to Postmodern”
Chair: Ray Horton, Case Western Reserve University
1. “‘What kind of folks have you got here?’: Audience as Congregation in Faulkner’s Sanctuary.” – Philip Derbesy, Case Western Reserve University
2. “Biblical Revisionism, Modernism, and Space Travel: A Comparative Look at /The Grapes of Wrath/ and /The Parable of the Sower/. Matthew Drollette, University of Wyoming
3. “Beliefs and Other Problems with the Postsecular.” Caleb Spencer, Azusa Pacific University

Friday, May 27: 3:40 to 5:00 p.m. (Bay Level: Marina Gate Room)
Business Meeting of the American Religion and Literature Society
Chaired by Ray Horton (Information Officer), Case Western Reserve University

You can view a draft of the meeting agenda by following this link.

Call For Papers – 2016 ALA Convention

The American Religion and Literature Society invites proposals for our panels at the 2016 American Literature Association convention.

Folk and Indigenous Religions in American Literature

The American Religion and Literature Society invites papers exploring how folk and indigenous religious traditions serve to unsettle or redefine conventional assumptions about religion’s engagement with literature, about the secularity of American literature, or about the way literary scholarship traditionally delineates disciplinary boundaries between American literature and world literature. We welcome studies pertaining to all indigenous and folk religious traditions, broadly defined, and from all theoretical perspectives.

Please submit a 500-word abstract by January 4, 2016 to Ray Horton at Electronic submissions only.

The American Literature Association’s 27th annual conference will meet at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco on May 26-29, 2016 (Thursday through Sunday of Memorial Day weekend). The deadline for proposals is January 30, 2016. For further information, please consult the ALA website at or contact the conference director, Professor Alfred Bendixen of Princeton University at with specific questions.