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 47.3 (published fall 2016)

Article Authors

Kevin Chovanec, “Stirring Meats: Resurrection Doctrine and the Substance of the Body in The Revenger’s Tragedy
Andrew Jerome Williams, “Differ with Charity: Religious Tolerance and Secularization in The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
Daniel DiMassa, “Varieties of Radical Enlightenment: Secularization as Translation in Goethe’s Autiobiography”
Alyssa Bellows, “Cardinal John Henry Newman’s One ‘Thing’ Needful: The Spiritual Necessity of the Material in Loss and Gain”
Zachary Ugolnik, "Internal Liturgy: The Transmission of the Jesus Prayer in the Philokalia and The Way of a Pilgrim (Rasskaz Strannika)
Edward Upton, “Approaching Nirvana: Skillful Means and Asceticism in T.S. Eliot’s Critique of Arthur Schopenhauer”

Other Contributors

Clare Costely King’oo, Religious Diversity and Early Modern English Texts: Catholic, Judaic, Feminist, and Secular Dimensions edited by Arthur F. Marotti and Chanita Goodblatt
Elizabeth Williamson, Martyrs and Players in Early Modern England: Tragedy, Religion and Violence on Stage by David K. Anderson
James Lambert, Region, Religion and English Renaissance Literature edited by David Coleman
Alison Shell, Shakespeare and the Grammar of Forgiveness by Sarah Beckwith, The Gospel According to Shakespeare by Piero Boitani and translated by Vittorio Montemaggi and Rachel Jacoff, and Faith in Shakespeare by Richard C. McCoy
Vanessa L. Rapatz, The Senses in Religious Communities, 1600-1800: Early Modern “Convents of Pleasure” by Nicky Hallet

Diane Long Hoeveler, Victorian Reformations: Historical Fiction and Religious Controversy, 1820-1900 by Miriam Elizabeth Burstein
Thomas Gardner, Emily Dickinson’s Rich Conversation: Poetry, Philosophy, Science by Stephen Sicari
Jack Dudley, Modernist Humanism and the Men of 1914: Joyce, Lewis, Pound, and Eliot by Stephen Sicari
David C. Jacobson, Agnon’s Moonstruck Lovers: The Song of Songs in Israeli Culture by Ilana Pardes
Eamonn Wall, A Chastened Communion: Modern Irish Poetry and Catholicism by Andrew J. Auge


News and Events

Religion & Literature Fall Conversation
Wed Nov 30, 2016; 12:00PM –  1:00PM

Please join us as we welcome issues 47.2 and 47.3 into print with another stimulating conversation hosted in the Religion & Literature conference room. Our open forum conversation begins with a short panel titled “Dante, Dracula, and DeLillo” presented by Notre Dame graduate students Thomas Graff, Cesar Soto, and Finola Prendergast.

Copies of 47.2 and 47.3 are available in the English Department office or by request. Participants are encouraged (but not required) to review the following articles:

  • “The Pace of Praise: Might Theology Walk Together with Literature” by Robin Kirkpatrick (47.3)
  • Review of Dante and the Sense of Transgression: “The Trespass of the Sign” by Christian Moevs (47.2)
  • “An Up-To-Date Religion: The Challenges and Constructions of Belief in Dracula” by Elizabeth Sanders (47.3)
  • “Cosmological Metafiction: Gnosticism in Don DeLillo’s Libra” by Graley Herren (47.2)

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 spring 2017):

48.2, featuring articles from

Shira Wolosky, “The Name of God: 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 Fine, “Mass Appeal: Catholic Education in Murial Spark’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.” .

Karl Plank, “Decentering the Holocaust: What Bezmozgis and Englander are Talking About.”