Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Brad Fruhauff, PhD to speak about the Christian Online Journal--Relief

On October 23 @ 3:30pm in Old Main, Ritz Auditorium, 
Dr. Brad Fruhauff will speak on his online journal, Relief

Here's a bit about his talk in his own words:

Getting Dirty, For Christ's Sake: The Challenges of Publishing "Gritty" Christian Literature in a Culture of Purity

"While mainstream culture has its rules of political and party correctness, Christian online and print culture has its own rules of doctrinal, attitudinal, and moral correctness. As we at Relief try to publish "edgy," "gritty," or otherwise substantial literature under the category of "Christian," then, we encounter some unique, often absurd challenges, such as how to talk seriously about abortion when your audience may flinch at the word damn. At the same time, the big Christian bookstores are successful because the money in Christian publishing is in literature marked "safe for the whole family." In this talk I describe some of the ways Relief: A Christian Literary Expression attempts to situate itself in print and online in a culture that is liable to label us crude, pornographic, or even demonic."

About Brad Fruhauff

Brad Fruhauff is Editor-in-Chief of Relief. He holds a PhD in English from Loyola University Chicago and teaches English at Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL. He lives in Evanston with his wife and 2-year old son. He has published fiction inThe Ankeny Briefcase, poetry in ReliefSalt, and *catapult, and reviews in Burnside Writers’ Collective and The Englewood Review of Books.

1 comment:

  1. I think that it's interesting and ironic that a controversial topic within a group, such as abortion in a Christian community, cannot be effectively discussed because some members may be offended by the conversations components; perhaps language, terms, ideas, or tones. So not only is the the topic controversial, but even the discussion of the topic is controversial.