The Christian Right in American Politics and Literature
Presenter: Christopher Douglas, PhD, Department of English
Friday, Nov. 2: 12:30 to 1:45 pm
The empowerment of the Christian Right in the last 40 years has been one of the most important transformations of the U.S. religious landscape. This session looks at the historical origins of the Christian Right and the ways it has politically changed the nation, culminating in white evangelicals voting in favor of Donald Trump by 81% in 2016. It goes on to examine the ways American literature has responded to this social and political empowerment – often critically, occasionally incredulously, and sometimes with misunderstanding.
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