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 45.3 (Autumn 2013)

This issue features six articles on topics ranging from Saint Benedict to Orhan Pamuk, a forum on post-secular thought and poetics (ed. Romana Huk and Ailbhe Darcy) and book reviews. The forum features essays by Simon Jarvis, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Hank Lazer, David Marriott, Norman Fischer, Stephanie Strickland, Sinéad Morrissey, and Fanny Howe.

Article Authors

William Junker, “Saint Benedict Among the Brambles: Eros, Ecstasy, and Grace in Gregory the Great and Foucault”
Christopher Knight, “Concerning the Unpredictable: Penelope Fitzgerald’s The Gate of Angels and the Challenges to Modern Religious Belief”
Stephen Platten, “‘They Know Earth Secrets’: Thomas Hardy’s Tortured Vocation”
Brian Walsh, “‘A Priestly Farewell’: The Catholic and Reformed in Pericles ”
William Penny, “ Materia poetica and the order of signs: A study of David Jones’s ‘The Anathemata’”
Joshua Pederson, “The Writer as Dervish: Sufism and Poetry in Orhan Pamuk”
Romana Huck and Ailbhe Darcy, ed., forum, “Hospitable Forms: Post-Secular Thought in New-Century Poetics”

Other Contributors

George Aichele, Laura Feldt’s The Fantastic in Religious Narrative from Exodus to Elisha
Alison Milbank, Vittorio Montemaggi and Matthew Treherne (eds.)‘s Dante’s Commedia: Theology as Poetry
Susan M. Felch, Ken Jackson and Arthur F. Marotti (eds.)’s Shakespeare and Religion: Early Modern and Postmodern Perspectives
Joseph R. Teller, John Saward, John Morrill, and Michael Tomko (eds.)‘s Firmly I Believe and Truly: The Spiritual Tradition of Catholic England, 1483-1999
Lindsay Reckson, Andrea Knutson’s American Spaces of Conversion: The Conductive Imaginaries of Edwards, Emerson, & James
Joseph Pizza, Kirstie Blaire’s Form and Faith in Victorian Poetry and Religion

Todd Avery, Richard Griffiths’s The Pen and the Cross: Catholicism and English Literature, 1850-2000
Joseph M. Meyer, Richard Hardack’s “Not Altogether Human”: Pantheism and the Dark Nature of the American Renaissance
Kevin J. Hayes, Harry Lee Poe’s Evermore: Edgar Allan Poe and the Mystery of the Universe
Roderick McGillis, Bonnie Gaarden’s The Christian Goddess: Archetype and Theology in the Fantasies of George MacDonald
William Hansen, Deeanne Westbrook’s Speaking of Gods in Figure and Narrative
John Poch, Thomas Gardner’s John in the Company of Poets: The Gospel in Literary Imagination


News and Events:

Seminar Series: “Scripture and Literature.”
Over the next few week Robin Kirkpatrick, Visiting Distinguishing Professor of Religion and Literature at Notre Dame for Fall 2014, will be offering three seminars to faculty and graduate students to reflect together on what is at stake in the study and teaching of the relationship between literature and Scripture. These seminars are intended as the beginning of a conversation on this very important topic to be continued beyond this semester, which we hope will significantly contribute to enriching our offerings in Religion and Literature at Notre Dame.

The date and time for third seminar, “Scripture Oblique: The Shakesperian Angle,” are to be announced.

If you would like to attend please email rellitnd@nd.edu to receive pre-circulated readings.

Past Events
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 (London)
The Devers Program in Dante Studies at Notre Dame and the Leeds Centre for Dante Studies co-sponsered the conference “Dante’s Theology in Poetry, Practice, and Society” held at the University of Notre Dame in London, June 13-14, 2013.

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:

46.1, featuring articles from

  • Jennifer Sisk, “Unauthorized Desire: Audience and Affect in St. Erkenwald and Lydgate’s St. Austin at Compton”
  • Geoffery Nash, “Aryan and Semite in Ernest Renan and Matthew Arnold’s Quest for the Religion of Modernity"
  • Jennie-Rebecca Falcetta, "Brideshead Illustrated: The Sacred and Profane Aesthetics of Captain Charles Ryder”
  • Derek C. Hatch, “‘Even When Christ is Not Recognized’: The Thomistic Mediation of Divine Grace in The Violent Bear it Away”
  • James Clements, “’The Thing in the Box’: William Golding’s “Miss Pulkinhorn” as Apophatic Literature"
  • Adam Glover, “Music, Poetry, and Eucharist”
  • FORUM: “Emily Dickinson and Religion.” Edited by Roger Lundin featuring contributions from Richard E. Brantley, Jane Donahue Eberwein, Victoria N. Morgan, Linda Freedman, Miho Nonaka, and Thomas Gardner.