CFP-MLA Session 2018

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    Howard Horwitz

    Religion in American Public Discourse

    Competitive session co-sponsored by the Religion and Literature Forum and the Forum on Nonfiction Prose.  Religion has long figured in the public discourse of the United States.  During election season in particular, religious issues figure in campaign and more generally political discourse.  President Donald Trump has recently declared the U.S. a Christian nation, promising to promote policies to facilitate “religious freedom,” a key term of recent years.  This session explores invocations of God, religion or faith in U.S. public policy and/or political discourse in fiction, poetry, and/or nonfiction.  Any historical period, including the period of settlement/conquest and the colonies.  250 word abstracts by March 15 to Howard Horwitz ( or Adrienne Williams Boyarin (  While this session is co-sponsored by two Forums, it is a competitive session rather than a guaranteed session, and the proposal must still be submitted to the MLA Program Committee.

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