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 48.2 (published fall 2017)

Article Authors

Shira Wolosky, “Levinas and Judaic Lettrism”
Kyle Vitale, “Grace of Life: Marriage, Campion’s Lord Hay’s Masque, and Sacraments of Conjunction”
Robert Tate, “Conversions of Tragedy from King Lear to The Winter’s Tale
Jordan Carson, “Scapegoating in William Faulkner’s Sanctuary
David J. Fine, “Mass Appeal: Catholic Education in Muriel Spark’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Karl Plank, “Decentering the Holocaust: What Bezmozgis and Englander are Talking About”
Sandra Gustafson and Tyler Gardner, eds. Forum: “Religion, Literature, and The Limits of Critique.” Contributors: Lori Branch, Rita Felski, Tracy Fessenden, Alan Jacobs, Ryan McDermott, Vincent P. Pecora

Other Contributors

William C. Hackett, Review Essay: “Fitting a Candle for Its Flame: William Franke’s Literary Theologico-Philosophy”
Stephen Prickett, Picturing the Apocalypse: The Book of Revelation in the Arts over Two Millenia by Natasha O’Hear and Anthony O’Hear
Dorothy Ann Bray, The End and Beyond: Medieval Irish Eschatology edited by John Carey, Emma Nic Cárthaigh, and Caitríona Ó Dochertaigh
Lieke Stelling, Fictions of Conversion: Jews, Christians, and Cultures of Change in Early Modern England by Jeffrey Shoulson
Kimberly Anne Coles, Faithful Translators: Authorship, Gender, and Religion in Early Modern England by Jaime Goodrich

Teresa Toulouse, Jeremiah’s Scribes: Creating Sermon Literature in Puritan New England by Meredith Marie Neuman
Miriam Elizabeth Burstein, The Gothic Ideology: Religious Hysteria and Anti-Catholicism in British Popular Fiction, 1780–1880 by Diane Long Hoeveler
Michael Tomko, Unquiet Things: Secularism in the Romantic Age by Colin Jager
Nancy D. Hargrove, T.S. Eliot and Christian Tradition edited by Benjamin G. Lockerd
Willy Maley, Hidden Possibilities: Essays in Honor of Muriel Spark edited by Robert E. Hosmer Jr.


News and Events

"Beckett: Mysticism After God," A Faculty Talk by Declan Kiberd
Mon Dec 4, 2017; 6:30PM –  8:00PM

Please join us for Religion & Literature’s inaugural faculty talk, as Declan Kiberd speaks on mysticism in the work of Samuel Beckett, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and Simone Weil. The lecture will take place in the Religion & Literature seminar room in the basement of McKenna Hall, Room 024.

Religion & Literature Fall Conversation
Mon Oct 30, 2017; 12:00PM –  1:00PM

Please join us on October 30 at 12:00 as we welcome issue 48.2 into print with another stimulating conversation hosted in the Religion & Literature conference room. Copies of 48.2 are available in the English Department office or by request. Participants are encouraged (but not required) to review the forum, entitled “Religion, Literature, and The Limits of Critique,” along with Jordan Carson’s article, “Scapegoating in William Faulkner’s Sanctuary.”

We welcome a cross-disciplinary community of undergraduates, graduates, and faculty members who share the journal’s interests and concerns. Come join us!

Pizza and other edible aids-to-reflection will be provided.

RSVP if possible to randl@nd.edu.


Upcoming Issue (expected Fall 2018):

48.3, featuring articles from:

Cynthia Wallace, “‘Whatever Else We Call It’: The Great Price of Secular Sainthood in Mary Gordon’s Pearl.”

Courtney Palmbush, “Christine de Pizan’s Letter of Othea to Hector, the Rose, and the Comedy.”

Scott Dill, “Toward a Theology of Taste: John Updike’s Creaturely Aesthetics.”

Alex Davis, “Story Without End: Perspective, Form, and Interpretation in John’s Apocalypse.”

Ken Derry, “Blood on the Wall: Christianity, Colonialism, and Mimetic Conflict in Margaret Atwood’s Cat’s Eye.” .

John Wiehl, “Discarding Predestination in Thomas Cooper’s The Purgatory of Suicides.”