Four UVA Graduate Students Give Papers at the International Conference on Religion, Literature, and Culture

November 21, 2016

Four doctoral students in Religious Studies presented papers this September at the 18th Biennial Conference for the International Society for Religion, Literature, and Culture in Glasgow, Scotland. Click on the titles below to read more about their papers. 

Doctoral candidate Ashleigh Elser, who is currently writing her dissertation on literary and theological hermeneutics of the Bible, gave a paper entitled "Beyond the Breach: What Literary Readers of the Bible Might Learn from Higher Criticism."

Doctoral candidate Charles A. Gillespie, who will soon defend a dissertation prospectus on the topic of theatre and performance in 20th century Christian thought, gave a paper entitled “Confessing Rhetorical Lines: Augustine’s Positive Performance Theory."

Doctoral candidate Joseph Lenow, who is currently writing his dissertation on St. Augustine's christology, gave a paper entitled "Leaving Eden: Destructive Plasticity and Exceeding Gender in Hemingway's The Garden of Eden."

Doctoral student William P. Boyce, who is completing his competency examinations in Philosophical Theology, recently gave a paper at the biennial ISRLC Conference in Glasgow, entitled, “Transgressing the Boundaries of Faith in Luther’s Galatians: A Theological Realignment.”