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 45.1 (Spring 2013)

This issue features five excellent articles on topics as diverse as Dante to Seamus Heaney, a forum edited by Stephen M. Fallon and Karen Clausen-Brown, and book reviews. The forum features essays by Stephen Fallon, Paul Stevens, Tobias Gregory, James Nohrnberg, Dustin D. Stewart, and Feisal G. Mohamed.

Article Authors

William Franke, “Dante and the Secularization of Religion through Literature”
Victor Houliston, “The Violence of the Knowledge of God: John Donne and the Ordinance of Preaching”
Julien C. H. Smith, “‘You are my witnesses’: Walker Percy, Jacques Maritain and the Jews”
William F. Purcell, “Converting Culture: Reading Chinua Achebe’s ‘Marriage is a Private Affair’ in Light of Bernard Lonergan’s Theology of Conversion”
Caleb Caldwell, “Joy in Night: Witness and the Limits of Discourse in Seamus Heaney’s North
Stephen M. Fallon and Karen Clausen-Brown, eds., forum, “Defining Religion in Milton”

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:

Conference: Dante’s Theology (London)
The Devers Program in Dante Studies at Notre Dame and the Leeds Centre for Dante Studies invite registration for the conference “Dante’s Theology in Poetry, Practice, and Society” to be held at the University of Notre Dame in London, June 13-14, 2013. Learn more.

Conference: Dante’s Theology (Jerusalem)
Italian Studies at Notre Dame invites applications for “Dante’s Theology: An International Summer Seminar on the Theological Dimensions of Dante’s Work” to be held at the Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem, June 17-28, 2013. Learn more.

Religion and Literature Lecturer: Richard Strier
This year’s Religion and Literature Lecturer is Dr. Richard Strier, currently Frank L. Sulzberger Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago.

  • Recent Issues:
    Volume 42.1-2 (Spring-Summer 2010)

    This special double issue, guest edited by Kathryn Kerby-Fulton and Jonathan Juilfs and titled “‘Something Fearful’: Medievalist Scholars on the Religious Turn in Literary Criticism,” collects essays by a range of scholars reflecting on the challenges encountered by professionals whose religious views inform and shape the questions that anchor their own scholarly investigations.
    Learn more.
  • “What Is Religion and Literature?”
    Volume 41.2 (Summer 2009)

    This special issue brings together thirty-three scholars from varying literary and religious specialties to reflect on the study of religion and literature. Contributors respond to a brief prompt: "What does the phrase ‘religion and literature’ denote? May religion and literature be constituted as a field, and if so, how? What is, or should be, or could be, the relationship of studies in this area to other areas of literary, theological, and/or religious inquiry? Learn more.
  • Recent Conference:
    “The Hospitable Text”
    14-16 July 2011
    London Notre Dame Centre
    United Kingdom

    This conference will bring together a wide variety of scholars in order to enable and enrich contemporary explorations of religion and literature, recognizing the importance of talking further about different approaches to the field. Contemporary theorists and theologians have paid considerable attention recently to the idea of hospitality, recognizing among other things the value of actively hosting viewpoints different from their own rather than merely tolerating their presence. Learn more.
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Upcoming Issue:

45.2, featuring articles from

  • David Ainsworth, “Milton’s Holy Spirit in De Doctrina Christiana
  • Jay D. Miller, “Nature Hath a Voice: John Woolman’s Wilderness Habitus
  • Robert J. Patterson, “A Triple-Twined Re-appropriation: Womanist Theology and Gendered-Racial Protest in the Writings of Jarena Lee, Frances E. W. Harper, and Harriet Jacobs”
  • Christopher Douglas, “‘If God Meant to Interfere’: Evolution and Theodicy in Blood Meridian
  • Yael S. Feldman, “Isaac and Ishmael? The Sibling Challenge to Israel’s Oedipalized ‘Binding’”
  • Plus a forum on Gerard Manley Hopkins, edited by Martin Dubois.