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Presentations are listed in alphabetical order by the presenter's last name.

Faith and Secularization in Kate Chopin and Flannery O’Connor
Panel Presentation: For this panel, I culled the four best papers from a class I taught last fall called Literature, Faith, and Secularization. This class looks at the interplay between a religious and secular worldview in American literature from the Puritans to the present, focusing largely on three writers: Kate Chopin, Flannery O’Connor, and Toni Morrison. In the first paper, Daniel Majerowicz examines the fiction of Flannery O’Connor through the work of the great theorist of secularization Charles Taylor. In the second, Grace King looks at the motif of eyeglasses in the work of O’Connor and argues how this seemingly simple detail points to a deeper theological worldview in the author. In the third, Alba Sarria examines how conversion functions in the fiction of Kate Chopin and O’Connor, and in the final paper Miltiadis Papadopoulos analyzes how the intellect becomes a god for various characters in O’Connor’s work.
Panelists: Daniel Majerowicz, Grace King and Alba Sarria / Mentor and Moderator: David Wehner, Ph.D.
"A New World of Gods and Monsters": Horror in the Interwar Era, 1920-1935
In the years directly following World War I, the people of Germany, England, and America needed a way to process the horrors that they and those around them had experienced during the war. This period also saw great strides being taken in the art of film making, including the spread of local cinemas, the creation of 9.5mm and 16mm film, and the development of color film technology like chronochrome and technicolor. Recognizing these advances, several visionaries used these new techniques to create films that tried to provide audiences with catharsis after the war. Many of these films, surprisingly, were horror films that tackled topics such as disfigurement, man-made monsters, and supernatural creatures. This talk will examine why films like The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Noseferatu, and the Frankenstein series connected so deeply with audiences who had experienced their share of real life horrors only a decade previously.
Presenter: Joseph Staub / Mentor: Jack Dudley, Ph.D.

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