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Christine Colón, 2017-2018 Hansen Lectures

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Community or Chaos?: Searching for Clues in the Works of Dorothy L. Sayers

Dr. Christine Colón is Associate Professor of English at Wheaton College, and presented three lectures on Dorothy L. Sayers for the 2017-2018 Hansen Lectureship in the series titled "Community or Chaos?: Searching for Clues in the Works of Dorothy L. Sayers."

Christine Colón is Associate Professor of English at Wheaton College. She specializes in nineteenth-century English literature and has published articles on writers such as Jane Austen, the Brontës, Adelaide Procter, Wilkie Collins, and John Keats. She is the author of the introduction to the Valancourt edition of Joanna Baillie's Six Gothic Dramas (2007), and she has published a monograph entitled Joanna Baillie and the Art of Moral Influence (2009). In addition, she co-authored Singled Out: Why Celibacy Must be Reinvented in Today’s Church (2009). Her book Writing for the Masses: Dorothy L. Sayers and the Victorian Literary Tradition, which explores how Sayers’s interest in the Victorians permeates her ideas about the relationships among writers, readers, and a literary work, is under contract with Routledge and will be published in 2018.

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November 2, 2017 - "Dorothy L. Sayers’s Vision for Communities of Action"

Respondent: Dr. Tiffany Eberle Kriner, Associate Professor of English, Wheaton College

In her fiction and non-fiction works, Dorothy L. Sayers repeatedly explores the challenges of creating a community of action that not only empowers each individual but also works together to help bring the world back into alignment with God’s universal truths.

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February 1, 2018 - "Dorothy L. Sayers’s Vision for Communities of Faith"

Respondent: Andy Mangin, Associate Lecturer of Theater and Communication, Wheaton College

With a number of her explicitly Christian works, Sayers deepens her exploration of community by revealing the challenges that Christians often have living and working together in harmony.

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March 22, 2018 - "Dorothy L. Sayers’s Vision for Communities of Joy"

Respondent: Dr. Bryan McGraw, Department Chair, Associate Professor of Politics, Wheaton College

For Dorothy L. Sayers, true community is always accompanied by joy: a joy that stems from individuals supporting each other in their God-given vocations as they blend their talents in support of a higher purpose.