I’ve been reading quite a few academic tit for tats. Book reviews with prompt responses which in turn prompt a response to the response by the original reviewer. In the least they are petty, sometimes robust and healthy discussions, and in the worst vitriolic and all too personal attacks. However, I’ve come to see the […]


Serving Others as a Scholar

by Anna Blanch on November 18, 2010

What does it mean to serve others as a scholar?Is it an attitude of generosity? How do we view copyright in terms of other people appropriating our ideas/concepts/syllabi as their own? How do we deal with the idea of being “scooped,” or of sharing links to grants, conferences, or jobs that we want to apply […]


The Hospitable Text: New Approaches to Religion and Literature 14-16 July 2011 London Notre Dame Centre, UK Plenary lecturers will include: Julia Reinhard Lupton (UC Irvine) and John Schad (Lancaster University).Other participants include: Jo Carruthers (Bristol University), Paul Contino (Pepperdine University), John Cox (Hope College), Robert Eaglestone (Royal Holloway, University of London), Mark Eaton (Azusa […]


It has the makings of a good, but not great B side flick. intrigue, theft, transcontinental travel, the work of a research librarian…  A hearing commenced yesterday in Newcastle Crown Court alleging Raymond Scott, 53 a former book dealer who posed an international building magnate and playboy of theft, handling stolen goods, and removing criminal […]


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. […]


This is the first post in a new series titled The Basics.  The Basics is going to explore the basics of working in the interdisciplinary field of Literature and Theology. It will simultaneously provide sources from Literature and Religion, the Bible and Literature, and resources for exploring issues and themes of faith in literature, pop […]

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So i got this offer today to publish my M.A. thesis.But before you flood me with congratulations….and offer to throw me a book launch party. here’s the email. Dear Anna Blanch, I am writing on behalf of the international academic publisher, VDM Publishing House Ltd. In the course of a research at the Library of […]


There are those lessons you learn from facing the fire and walking through it. Those things that you read and know will change the way you think about your life. This list is definitely an outpouring of the former, whether it will serve as the latter for you remains to be seen. So What Did […]


Reminder: Call for papers for Theology and the Arts Conference

February 15, 2010

You only have a couple of days left to get your abstract in for the Society for the Study of Theology conference to be held from the 12-14 April 2010 at Manchester University. The Society for the Study of Theology announced the theme of Theology and the Arts for their upcoming annual conference earlier this […]

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I’ve got so much to tell you!

February 4, 2010

So, for those who took notice (and i’m happy to say that’s way more than i thought would) I went missing in action for the last 5 weeks. Around Christmas I realised I needed to take a short break to get the rest of my non-blogging existence in order, and because I have been travelling […]

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