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Topic:  Religion, Fake News, and Alternate Facts

This talk details how our fake news world has one important source in the Christian fundamentalism of the early 20th century. For more information: http://religiondispatches.org/the-religious-origins-of-fake-news-and-alternative-facts/

Speaker: Dr. Christopher Douglas, Department of English, Faculty of Humanities, University of Victoria

Thursday January 21, 2021 10:00 to 11:00 am Pacific Time

Christopher Douglas taught at Furman University in South Carolina for five years before coming to the University of Victoria in 2004. He teaches American literature, particularly contemporary American fiction, religion and literature, the Bible as literature, multicultural American literature, and postmodernism.

Dr. Douglas’s primary research interests include the contemporary religious imagination in American literature. His current research is on the problems of suffering and evil in contemporary American novels – both serious literary fiction and evangelical fiction. Recent publications include “This Is The Shack That Job Built: Theodicy and Polytheism in William Paul Young’s Evangelical Bestseller” in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion and guest-editing a special issue of Christianity & Literature on “Literature of / about the Christian Right.” This project is supported by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Grant.

His latest book, If God Meant to Interfere: American Literature and the Rise of the Christian Right (Cornell, 2016), shows how American writers struggled to understand and respond to the unexpected emergence of the Christian Right in the United States. In fact, liberal-leaning literary writers responding to the resurgence were sometimes confused by the Christian Right’s strange entanglement with the contemporary paradigms of multiculturalism and postmodernism — leading to complex emergent phenomena that Douglas terms “Christian Multiculturalism” and “Christian Postmodernism.” This project was supported by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Standard Research Grant.

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