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

Religion & Literature Lecture Series: Lori Branch
Wed Mar 7, 2018; 6:00PM –  7:30PM

Our second talk in the Religion & Literature Lecture series is by Lori Branch, Associate Professor of English at the University of Iowa. Please check back here for further information as the lecture approaches.
The Religion & Literature Lecture series is co-sponsored by the Religion & Literature Initiative at the University of Notre Dame and by Religion & Literature.

Religion & Literature Lecture Series: Ryan McDermott, "Tradition and Generational Talent: Whose Tradition? Which Genealogy?
Thu Feb 22, 2018; 6:30PM –  8:00PM

Please join us for the first of three lectures in this semester’s Religion & Literature Lecture Series, co-sponsored by the Religion & Literature Initiative at the University of Notre Dame and by Religion & Literature. Ryan McDermott, Associate Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh, will speak on “Tradition and Generational Talent.” Prof. McDermott’s first book, Tropologies: Ethics and Invention in England, c. 1350–1600, is available from the University of Notre Dame Press.


Upcoming Issue (expected Spring 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.”