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Poetics of Faith Conference

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'The Resurrection, Cookham' (Stanley Spencer, 1927)
Dates of Event
12th January 2018 – 14th January 2018
Last Booking Date for this Event
1st January 2018

From Hill’s ‘I say it is not faithless to stand without faith’ to Anne Carson’s ‘[m]y religion makes no sense […] therefore I pursue it’, religion and the sacred have been the subject of lengthy poetic explorations, fuelled by continuing social and historical changes, as well as unrest. As contemporary poetry has grown arguably less scripturally prescriptive and didactic than the religious poetry of previous centuries in its approaches to belief, questions about redemption, knowledge of the divine, and the nature of sin have been allowed to surface in new ways.  This international, interdisciplinary conference invites dialogue on the way in which the poetry written since the late nineteenth century and up to the present time engages with questions of faith and theology.


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