Collegium Institute ATL Regional Seminar: The Modern Catholic Literary Revival
Collegium Institute for Catholic Thought & Culture welcomes participants to a 5-session regional seminar exploring The Modern Catholic Literary Revival and Why It Matters Now, taught by Dr. David King, Professor of English and Film Studies at Kennesaw State University. All who wish to explore are welcome to attend, no prior knowledge assumed. All sessions will be hosted from 7:00pm-8:30pm. Suggested Donation to Attend:* Single: $125 Couple: $175 Educator/Clergy: $100 *Physical copies of the texts will be provided with registration. Those registering as a couple will only receive one copy to share (cost of an additional text is $25). Full Description: The social and cultural upheaval caused by the chaos of the two World Wars had a profound impact upon the Catholic literary imagination in both England and the United States, and resulted in an outpouring of great Catholic literature that remains both appealing and relevant today. This literature is unique in that while it is Catholic, it is also modern. It is firmly rooted in faith, even as it follows the modern aesthetic of being new. While the theology of this literature is grounded in tradition, its stylistic variety demonstrates how the Church reflects its past even in the present. Writers associated with the Anglo-American Catholic Literary Revival reflect a diversity of both genre and experience. In Britain, key figures of the movement include G.K. Chesterton, Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene, Muriel Spark, T.S. Eliot and J.R.R. Tolkien. In the United States, important writers include Thomas Merton, Flannery O’Connor, Walker Percy, Jon Hassler, and Andre Dubus. Though they all came from different backgrounds, and while so many of them were converts to Catholicism, they all affirmed the necessity of belief, even in a world marked by cynicism, skepticism, and the collapse of objectivity. This regional seminar will acquaint participants with the major work, the lives, and the legacies of most of these Catholic writers. Readings will focus upon shorter works that will serve as an introduction and invitation to read further, while also allowing students to be fully committed to the course. The syllabus will be as follows: SESSIONS 9/18 Introduction: Chesterton and Waugh, Orthodoxy in a Dark Time 10/9 Eliot and Tolkien: A Theory of Christian Poetics and Joy 10/23 Thomas Merton: The Necessity of Contemplation in a World of Action 11/6 Flannery O’Connor: The Action of Grace in Territory Largely Held by the Devil 11/20 Percy, Hassler, and Dubus: The Pathology of the Soul For further inquiries, please contact CI Program and Communications Coordinator, Mrs. Jessica Sweeney (email@example.com). Hosted at Marist School, 3790 Ashford Dunwoody Road Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30319. About the seminar instructor David A. King, Ph.D. is Professor of English and Film Studies at Kennesaw State University, where he has taught for 27 years. Professor King has written and presented widely on Catholic writers and artists; notably, he served as an expert consultant for Uncommon Grace, the first feature length documentary film made about Flannery O’Connor. As the Arts and Culture columnist for The Georgia Bulletin, the newspaper of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta, Professor King has written over 100 essays on Catholicism and culture, and his work has received numerous awards from the Catholic Press Association. In addition to his academic work, Professor King also teaches in the Holy Spirit Catholic Church Adult Education Program, where he directs the parish’s RCIA program.
3790 Ashford Dunwoody Road Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30319
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