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.

Current Issue, Volume 47.2 (published summer 2016)

Article Authors

Mary Christian, “Bought with Silver: Victor Hugo, George Bernard Shaw, and the Economics of Salvation”
Susan Mizruchi, “The School of Martyrdom: Culture and Class in Catcher in the Rye
Helena M. Tomko, “Muriel Spark’s The Girls of Slender Means at the Limits of the Catholic Novel”
Matthew L. Potts, “Their Ragged Biblical Forms: Materiality, Misogyny, and the Corporal Works of Mercy in Suttree
Graley Herren, “Cosmological Metafiction: Gnosticism in Don DeLillo’s Libra
Lynne W. Hinojosa, “John Ames as Historiographer: Pacifism, Racial Reconciliation, and Agape in Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead

Other Contributors

Ankur Barua, Divine Self, Human Self: The Philosophy of Being in Two Gītā Commentaries by Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad
Harold K. Bush, Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Spiritual Life by Nancy Koester
Ashon Crawley, Black Bodies and the Black Church: A Blues Slant by Kelly Brown Douglas
Dennis Danielson, Looking into Providences: Designs and Trials in Paradise Lost by Raymond B. Waddington
Susanna Fein, Transforming Work: Early Modern Pastoral and Late Medieval Poetry by Katherine C. Little
Sandor Goodhart, Levinas and Twentieth-Century Literature: Ethics and the Reconstruction of Subjectivity by Donald R. Wehrs
Jan L. Hagens, The Faustian Century: German Literature and Culture in the Age of Luther and Faustus edited by J.M. van der Laan and Andrew Weeks
Andromache Karanika, Virgin Mother Goddesses of Antiquity by Marguerite Rigoglioso

Joseph G. Kronick, The Augustinian Theology of W. H. Auden by Stephen J. Schuler
Christian Moevs, Dante and the Sense of Transgression: “The Trespass of the Sign” by William Franke
Lee Oser, A Will to Believe: Shakespeare and Religion by David Kastan
Stephen Prickett, Young Eliot: From St Louis to The Waste Land by Robert Crawford
Matthew J. Smith, Made Flesh: Sacrament and Poetics in Post-Reformation England by Kimberly Johnson
Brian Yothers, Faithful Passages: American Catholicism in Literary Culture, 1844-1931 by James Emmett Ryan
Hannah Zdansky, Medieval Crossover: Reading the Secular against the Sacred by Barbara Newman


News and Events

Religion & Literature Conversation
Fri Jan 22, 2016; 12:30PM –  2:00PM

Please join us as we welcome issue 46.2-3 into print through another lively and stimulating conversation hosted at the Religion & Literature office. 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 understand of what work the humanities might achieve.”

Pizza and other edible aids-to-reflection will be provided. RSVP if possible to randl@nd.edu.

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Upcoming Issue (expected fall 2016):

47.3, featuring articles from

Robin Kirkpatrick, “The Pace of Praise: Might Theology Walk Together With Literature?”

Deberniere Janet Torrey, “Transcendence and Anxiety in the Prison Letters of Catholic Martyr Ludgarda Yi Suni (1779-1802)”

Anne Nichols, “Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Woman in Sacred History: Biblical Criticism, Evolution, and the Maternal Ethic”

Elizabeth Sanders, “An Up-To-Date Religion: The Challenges and Constructions of Belief in Dracula

Robert Baker, “The Sprawling Genius of Thylias Moss”

Michael Vander Weele, “The Human Effort to Exchange Stories and Uwem Akpan’s Child Narrators”