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

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 Women 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”

Other Contributors

Karl Persson, Rewriting the Old Testament in Anglo-Saxon Verse: Becoming the Chosen People by Samantha Zacher
Barbara Newman, Medieval Autographies: The “I” of the Text by A. C. Spearing
Katherine C. Little, The Middle English Life of Christ: Academic Discourse, Translation and Vernacular Theology by Ian Johnson
Bernard D. Cooperman, The Scandal of Kabbalah: Leon Modena, Jewish Mysticism, Early Modern Venice by Yaacob Dweck
Teresa Huffman Traver, Victorian Parables by Susan E. Colón
T. A. S. Carson, William Wordsworth and the Theology of Poverty by Heidi J. Snow
Thomas Gaiton Marullo, Dostoevsky and the Catholic Underground by Elizabeth Blake
Peter Howarth, The Glyph and the Gramaphone: D. H. Lawrence’s Religion by Luke Ferratter

Kathleen Lipovski-Helal, The Gospel According to Flannery O’Connor: Examining the Role of the Bible in Flannery O’Connor’s Fiction by Jordan Cofer
Paul Franz, Visionary Philology: Geoffrey Hill and the Study of Words by Matthew Sperling
Tiffany Eberle Kriner, Plotting the Apocalypse: Reading, Agency, and Identity in the Left Behind Series by Jennie Chapman
George Corbett, Literature and the Bible: A Reader edited by Jo Carruthers, Mark Knight, and Andrew Tate


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):

48.1, featuring articles from

Kevin Chovanec, “Stirring Meats: Resurrection Doctrine and the Substance of the Body in The Revenger’s Tragedy

Andrew 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 Autobiography”

Alyssa Bellows, “Cardinal John Henry Newman’s One ‘Thing’ Needful: The Spiritual Necessity of 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”