Visions and Revisions: Putting God into Writing

by Anna Blanch on May 18, 2010

The Christian Literary Studies Group is holding a conference at Corpus Christi College, Oxford on Saturday 6 November 2010 titled Visions and Revisions: Putting God into Writing. 

Here’s the description from their cfp:

Whether you are thinking revelation or inspiration, expressing the ineffable divine is a challenge, and interpreting such utterances may not be without difficulty. A number of devices are used by Biblical and other writers to express the divinity, including prosopopeia, metaphor, symbol and story. In the Bible the voice of God is everywhere, though he is and is not actually seen. Auerbach noticed ‘universal-historical claims’, ‘multiplicity of meanings, need for interpretation’, and ‘preoccupation with the problematic’. Theophanies, the experiences of seers and mystics, and epiphanies are expressed in writing. Allegories and re-tellings of old stories refer to God even if they do not attempt to define him. Most periods of Western literary history bear this witness, and modern novels are no exception. 

Offers of papers to be read at the conference (and subsequently printed in The Glass) are invited before the deadline 31 May 2010. Fuller details are on the CLSG website at contact email:


If you have a cfp you’d like me to post on goannatree, send it to Goannatree[at]

Anna Blanch is founder of Goannatree, and a PhD student in the Institute of Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at St Mary’s College, University of St Andrews, Scotland.

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