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Covenant Hosts the Southeastern Conference on Christianity and Literature

Covenant College is pleased to host the Southeastern Conference on Christianity and Literature on April 3-4, 2009.  This is the third time Covenant has hosted the conference. 


Three members of Covenant's English department are active in the national Conference on Christianity and Literature: Dr. Jim Wildeman is beginning a term as secretary, Dr. Bill Tate is chair of the book award committee for 2009, and Dr. Paul Hesselink serves on the national board as the representative of the Southeastern region.  Dr. Jim Wildeman also serves as chair of the Southeastern region.


Southeastern Conference on Christianity and Literature


"Hebrew Melodies": The Old Testament as Literature; the Old Testament in Literature


April 3-4, 2009

Covenant College


Click here to download and print the registration form.



Friday, April 3


Registration: 8:30-9:15, Maclellan Hall

All sessions will meet in Maclellan/Rymer Hall's Caudle Room


Celebrating the Psalms: 9:15-9:30


Session 1: 9:30-10:45

The Old Testament As Literature

Moderator: Paul Hesselink, Covenant College


"Isaac: A Literary Reinterpretation (and Rescue) of the Weak Patriarch"

Kate Netzler


"Telling the Old, Old, Irrelevant Story: How the Contemporary Church Reads and Understands the Old Testament as Literature"

David E. Brisben, John Brown University


"The Righteous Moabitess: Ruth's Seductive Proposal and Startling Rebuke"

Maureen Farrell-Garcia, Nyack College




Session 2:  11:00-12:15

Religion in Modern Literature

Moderator: James Wildeman, Covenant College


"A Conversation on the Rocks: Qoheleth and Camus, hebel and the Absurd"

Dustin H. Faulstick


"Did W. H. Auden Believe in the Resurrection?"

Stephen J. Schuler, University of Mobile


"Finding God in Strange Places: The Manifestation of Christian Faith in Two Novels of Francois Mauriac"

Robert Stanley, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga


Lunch in Carter Hall's Great Hall


Session 3: 1:45-3:00

Poets and Prophets

Moderator: Cliff Foreman, Covenant College


"Milton's Sonnet 18 and the Vision of Dry Bones"

Armond Boudreaux, University of Southern Mississippi


"Margaret Walker and the Prophetic Tradition"

Linda A. Dover


"Reading George Herbert (as) a Prophet"

Paul T. Corrigan, North Carolina State University




Session 4: 3:15-4:30

Old Testament Echoes in American Literature

Moderator: Richard Gray, Montreat College


"Absalom, Absalom!, the Old Testament, and Canon"

John Sykes, Wingate University


"At the End of Rahab's Cord: Post-Reconstruction Politics in A Fool's Errand"

Matthew D. Towles, Liberty University


"Substance and Accident in Flannery O'Connor's ‘A Good Man Is Hard to Find'"

Stephen Slimp, University of West Alabama


Dinner in Andreas Hall at 5:30


Plenary Address: 6:30

"Job 28 as Poetry"

Scott Jones, Covenant College



Saturday, April 4


Session 5: 9:00-10:15

Renaissance Literature

Moderator: William Tate, Covenant College


"Narrative and Tragedy in Milton's Samson Agonistes"

Todd Edmondson, University of Louisville


"'While Peter Yet Spake': Lay Listening and an Undated Pentecost Sermon by Donne"

Laura Feitzinger Brown, Converse College


"Serial Swearing in The Merchant of Venice"

Jane Blanchard, Westminster Schools of Augusta




Session 6:  10:30-11:45

The Old Testament in Literature

Moderator: Gwen Macallister, Covenant College


"The Responsibility of Obedience: An American Abraham in Charles Brockden Brown's Wieland"

Nathan Kilpatrick, Baylor University


"Byron's Hebrew Melodies: Profane Poet, Sacred Song"

Bill Martin, Niagara University


"Jane Eyre and the Psalms"

Susannah Clements, Regents University


Business Meeting: 11:45



Housing Options


Covenant College Guest Cottages

16 clean, but "rustic" rooms, located within easy walking distance of our meeting room. Prices (including tax) range from $50.83 for a double room to $90.95 for a suite, which could accommodate a maximum of six persons. Breakfast is available for purchase in the college dining hall. For further information or reservations contact Linda Moore at 706.419.1140.


Best Western Royal Inn

Located at 3644 Cummings Highway, just off Exit 174 from I-24. $69.99 for one or two persons in a room, if you mention you are attending SECCL at Covenant College. A full hot breakfast is served. This block of rooms will be held until March 21st. Call 423.821.6840 for reservations and directions.


The Garden Walk Bed & Breakfast Inn

Located at 1206 Lulu Lake Rd, approximately 2 miles from Covenant.  A charming B & B. Prices range from $90.00 to $195.00 per night. This might be a good option for someone bringing a spouse or family who wishes to enjoy a mini-vacation in Chattanooga.  For reservations call 706-820-4127.  Mention that you are attending an event at Covenant and you might receive 10% off.


Chanticleer Inn Bed & Breakfast

Located at 1300 Mockingbird Lane, next to Rock City, approximately 3 miles from Covenant. An even more charming B & B. Prices range from $120.00 to $220.00 per night. Like the Garden Walk above, a pricey option, but perhaps attractive for someone thinking of making a stay into a vacation weekend. For reservations call 706.820.2002.


Many of the major motel chains have facilities at Exit 174 off Interstate 24 (where the Best Western motel is located): Hampton Inn, Days Inn, Residence Inn, Super 8, Baymont Inns and Suites, Ramada Limited. These motels, as well as the Best Western, above, are approximately a 15-minute drive from the College.    


Click here to see more local accommodations.



Directions to Covenant College


Click here for driving directions to Covenant College.


To get to Maclellan/Rymer Hall, where the conference is held, follow the driving directions at the link above, but instead of turning into the (first) main College entrance, continue past the first entrance and turn right into the next entrance.  Maclellan/Rymer Hall will be directly in front of you.


Click here to see a map of Covenant's campus.