Writing Between Cultures: Exploring the Catholicism of Shūsaku Endō, Graham Greene, Claude McKay, and Su Xuelin

Event details

  • Thursday | September 17, 2020
  • 7:00 pm
  • Zoom

 

“If I have trust in Catholicism, it is because I find in it much more possibility than in any other religions for presenting the full symphony of humanity.”

-Shūsaku Endō

 

Join us as we explore the complexity of living and writing between cultures in this evening panel conversation.

Join the Collegium Institute and Penn’s Program for Research on Religion & Urban Civil Society (PRRUCS) for an online evening panel discussion as we look at how literature can help us understand Catholicism in global contexts by exploring the complexity of living and writing between cultures: Writing Between Cultures: Exploring the Catholicism of Shūsaku Endō, Graham Greene, Claude McKay, and Su Xuelin.

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DESCRIPTION


Endo, Greene, McKay, and Xuelin wrote from their own experiences of transnational life while also expressing differing relationships to Catholicism. Each of these authors had deep, though complicated, relationships with the Church and found powerful ways to express that in their writing. We hope, in looking to these writers, to see new ways of dealing with contemporary issues, while also dealing with the beauty and meaning of their literary creations. Core topics this event will explore include the Catholic literary tradition, inculturation, colonization, racism, the nature of missionary work, and the need for a more universal Catholicism. We will also be looking to see how literature can help as a guide for Catholicism in the era of the global Church in order to understand the diverse symphony of humanity.

 


PANELISTS


This event is co-sponsored by: Image Journal, Dappled Things, St. Thomas Catholic Studies Graduate Program, Studies in Catholic Faith and Culture at the University of Dallas, Beatrice Institute, Ekstasis Magazine, Georgetown English Department, Genealogies of Modernity Project, Portsmouth Institute, Villanova Department of Humanities and Penn English Department.

 

For more information, please contact Jessica Sweeney at jferro@sas.upenn.edu.

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