‘Gritty’ Christian Literature in a Culture of Purity

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Trinity International University (TIU) Assistant Professor of English Bradly Fruhauff will speak on “Getting Dirty, For Christ’s Sake: The Challenges of Publishing ‘Gritty’ Christian Literature in a Culture of Purity” in Old Main, Ritz Auditorium at the University of Findlay in Ohio from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 23.

Along with teaching classes at Trinity, Fruhauff is the editor-in-chief of Relief: A Christian Literary Expression, a Christian literary journal. Fruhauff described the challenge in his own words: “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.”

Fruhauff is also the faculty advisor for the Trillium, TIU’s undergraduate arts journal, and is on the faculty Fine Arts Festival committee. He has published fiction in The Ankeny Briefcase, poetry in Relief, Salt, and reviews in Burnside Writers’ Collective and The Englewood Review of Books.

Fruhauff’s talk is part of the Wilkin Chair series of events at Findlay this year.

 

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