Religion & Literature is a scholarly journal providing a forum for discussion of the relations between two crucial human concerns, the religious impulse and the literary forms of any era, place, or language. We publish articles, review essays, and book reviews three times a year. R&L began publication in 1984, succeeding NDEJ: A Journal of Religion in Literature (1977-1984). A program in the study of Religion and Literature is housed in the College of Arts & Letters of the University of Notre Dame.

Current Issue, Volume 46.2-3 (published fall 2015)

This special double issue reflects on the place of religion and literature in the modern academy and, as Susannah Monta explains in her introduction, “proposes ways that the study of religion and literature may reshape—for the better—our understandings of what work in the humanities might achieve.” The featured essays provide histories of religion and literature, consider areas of convergence between religion and literature, and propose several theses on what studying religion and literature can offer students, the academy, and the world. It also features the winner of this year’s Annual Syllabus Prize, Dallin Lewis’s “After Eden: Religion, Literature, and the Environment.”

Article Authors

Lori Branch, “The Rituals of our Re-Secularization: Literature Between Faith and Knowledge"
Cyril O’Regan, “August Rivalries: Post-Romantic Contesting of the Biblical Narrative in Harold Bloom and Philip Pullman”
Katy Wright-Bushman and Heather Zdansky, “Religion in/and/all over Medieval Literature”
Lesleigh Cushing, “‘Time, Memory, Ritual and Recital: Religion and Literature in Exodus 12”
Ann W. Astell and Susannah Brietz Monta, “‘Genre and the Joining of Literature and Religion: A Question of Kinds"
Vittorio Montemaggi and Regina Schwartz, “On Religion and Literature: Truth, Beauty, and the Good”
Peter S. Hawkins and Fatemeh Keshavarz, “Taste and See: A Religion and Literature Dialogue”
The Mellon Working Group on Religion and Literature, “Literature and Religion for the Humanities: Seven Theses”


Dallin Lewis, “After Eden: Religion, Literature, and the Environment”

Other Contributors

Andrew Giorgetti, Randall Heskett’s Reading the Book of Isaiah: Destruction and Lament in the Holy Cities
Stanley Benfell, Richard G Newhauser and Susan J. Ridyard (eds.)‘s Sin in Medieval and Early Modern Culture: The Tradition of the Seven Deadly Sins
Hope Johnston, Lynn Staley’s The Island Garden: England’s Language of Nation from Gildas to Marvell
Stephen M. Fallon, Michael Bryson’s The Atheist Milton
Catherine Gimelli Martin Bryan Adams Hampton’s Fleshly Tabernacles: Milton and the Incarnational Poetics of Revolutionary England
Dustin D. Stewart Richard J. Durocher and Margaret Olofson Thickstun (eds.)‘s Milton’s Rival Hermeneutics: “Reason Is But Choosing”
David Ainsworth, Laura Lunger (ed.)’s The Oxford Handbook of Literature & the English Revolution

Jennifer Snead, Misty G. Anderson’s Imagining Methodism in 18th-Century Britain: Enthusiasm, Belief, and the Borders of the Self
John J. Davenport, Edward F. Mooney’s Excursions with Kierkegaard: Others, Goods, Death, and Final Fate
Susan L. Roberson, Valerie C. Cooper’s Word, Like Fire: Maria Stewart, the Bible & the Rights of African Americans
Andre E. Johnson Rosetta R. Haynes’s Radical Spiritual Motherhood: Autobiography and Empowerment in Nineteenth-Century African American Women
Stanley Bill, Charles S. Kraszewski’s Irresolute Heresiarch: Catholicism, Gnosticism and Paganism in the Poetry of Czesław Miłosz
Sarah Roger, Annette U. Flynn’s The Quest for God in the Work of Borges
Molly K. Robey, Channette Romero’s Activism and the American Novel: Religion and Resistance in Fiction By Women of Color
Rebecca Ferguson, K. Zauditu-Selassi’s African Spiritual Traditions in the Novels of Toni Morrison


News and Events:

Lecture: “The Metaphysics of Language: Levinas on the Names of God”
Shira Wolosky, Professor of American Studies and English Literature at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, will deliver our 2015 Religion & Literature Lecture on November 2nd at 5 pm in 100-104 McKenna Hall, with a reception to follow in the McKenna Hall Atrium. Dr. Wolosky has published widely on topics ranging from poetics to literary theory to philosophy and ethics to cutting-edge feminism as well as religion and literature. This lecture will engage her current research connecting issues in in language theory, ethics and metaphysics.

Past Events:

Religion & Literature Conversation
Thu Oct 8, 2015 12:30PM – 2:00PM
Please join us as we welcome issue 46.1 into print through a lively and stimulating conversation hosted at the Religion & Literature office. This cross-period conversation will be jump-started by graduate students and recent graduates engaging the state of the field that the journal helps shape. We hope to gather a cross-disciplinary community of scholars at Notre Dame who share the journal’s interests and concerns. Undergraduates, graduates and faculty are all welcome!
Pizza and other edible aids-to-reflection will be provided. RSVP if possible to randl@nd.edu.

Lecture: “The Pace of Praise: Might Theology Walk Together with Literature?”
Professor Robin Kirkpatrick lectured in the Religion & Literature lecture series.

Lecture: “Seeing into the Middle of Things: On Being a Catholic Writer.”
Ron Hansen is the author of author of eight novels including A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion, Exiles, and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford as well as three short story collections. Hansonis Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J., Professor in Arts and Humanities at Santa Clara University.

Conference: Dante’s Theology (Jerusalem)
Italian Studies at Notre Dame organized “Dante’s Theology: An International Summer Seminar on the Theological Dimensions of Dante’s Work” was held at the Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem, June 17-28, 2013."

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Upcoming Issue (expected spring 2016):

47.1, featuring articles from

Gregory Foran, “Eschatology and Ecclesiology in Macbeth”

Richard Strier, “Mind, Nature, Heterodoxy, and Iconoclasm in The Winter’s Tale”

Charis Charalampous, “Thinking (of) Feelings in Donne’s Poetry: The Signifying Rift and ‘The Evidence of Things Not Seen’”

Travis DeCook, “The Extrinsic Bible: Francis Bacon’s New Atlantis, Concepts of Scripture and The Question of Secularity”

Lucas Kwong, “Killing Alton: The Politics of Spiritual Autobiography in Alton Locke”

Loni Reynolds, “‘A Human Yet Dark Tribute to Life’: The Eucharist in the Work of Gregory Corso”

Forum: “Rethinking the Bible as Literature,” Emily A. Ransom editor