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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”
Henry Weinfield, ed. Forum: “Two Poems Entitled ‘Psalm’ by George Oppen and Paul Celan.”

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 Richard Brantley
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

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News and Events

Religion & Literature Fall Conversation
Wed Apr 19, 2017; 12:00PM –  1:00PM

Look forward to joining us on April 19th at 12:00 as we welcome issue 48.1 into print with another stimulating conversation hosted in the Religion & Literature conference room. Copies of 48.1 are available in the English Department office or by request. Participants are encouraged (but not required) to review the following articles:

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

• Review of 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 by Alison Shell

• Forum: “Two Poems Entitled “Psalm” by George Oppen and Paul Celan” edited by Henry Weinfield

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.

Religion & Literature Lecture: "Grace, & the Spiritual Reach of Representation"
Wed Mar 29, 2017; 5:00PM –  8:00PM

Please mark your calendars for our annual Religion & Literature Lecture. Our lecturer this year is the celebrated American poetics scholar, poet and lyric theorist Hank Lazer, who will be speaking about one of Rowan Williams’s most recent books, The Edge of Words: God and the Habits of Language (2014). Lazer was a participant in a colloquium overseas in October that brought faculty and students associated with Notre Dame and the journal into conversation with Cambridge faculty and students likewise interested in religion and literature. This spring’s lecture and workshop is therefore the next installment in that ongoing conversation, which will continue next year when Williams himself will be our 2018 Religion & Literature Lecturer.

Hank Lazer’s lecture, entitled “Grace, & the Spiritual Reach of Representation,” will take place at 5 pm on March 29th in 100-104 McKenna Hall, followed by a reception afterwards in the atrium (including an array of finger-food and free bar).

Thursday March 30th, the day after the lecture, a lunchtime workshop (sandwiches provided) will take place in 119 O’Shaughnessy Hall; we will, in addition to discussing the lecture, also discuss the first chapter of Rowan Williams’s book The Edge of Words: God and the Habits of Language (2014) and an essay by Lazer entitled “Of Course Poetry is Difficult / Poetry is Not Difficult.” Please contact rhuk@nd.edu to signal your desire to join us and to receive copies of these readings.

For the final event of his visit, Hank Lazer will offer an innovative reading of his recent work on Thursday, March 30th from 6:00-7:15pm in 119 O’Shag, which he calls “shape-writing.” Refreshments will help inspire us all to take part in what he describes as “part poetry reading, part talk, part conversation, part improvised collaborative performance.”

Click Here for More Information about Hank Lazer and these Events

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.”