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 50.1-2, Double Issue (published Summer 2019)

Article Authors

Anthony Patterson, “Mary Cholmondeley’s Struggle Towards the Higher Life: Diffuse Christianity, Gender, and Writing in Red Pottage (1899)"
Duc Dau, “’Stronger than Death’: The Song of Songs in Michael Field’s Poetry and Life-Writing"
R. Eric Tippin, “G. K. Chesterton Essaying Myth”
Andrew J. Ball, “‘Christianity Incorporated’: Sinclair Lewis and the Taylorization of American Protestantism”
Joshua Pederson, “Dangerous God, Sacred Work: Ned Cobb’s Theology”
Brent Little, “Analogical Language and Religious Ritual in C.S. Lewis’s Till We Have Faces
Claudia Hauer, “Flannery O’Connor and Martin Heidegger: Scientism and Sin in The Violent Bear It Away
David Troupes, “Ted Hughes and the Biological Fall”

Other Contributors

Melinda Nielsen on Consolation in Medieval Narrative: Augustinian Authority and Open Form by Chad D. Schrock
Erin Minear on Staging Harmony: Music and Religious Change in Late Medieval and Early Modern English Drama by Katherine Steele Brokaw
Martin Moraw on Violence and Grace: Exceptional Life between Shakespeare and Modernity by Nichole E. Miller
Maurice Hunt on Volition’s Face: Personification and the Will in Renaissance Literature by Andrew Escobedo
Andrew Lincoln on The Religion of Empire: Political Theology in Blake’s Prophetic Symbolism by G. A. Rosso
Tae Sung on Emerson’s Metaphysics: A Song of Laws and Causesby Joseph Urbas
Jefferson Gatrall on Unorthodox Beauty: Russian Modernism and Its New Religious Aesthetic by Martha M. F. Kelly

Grant Henley on Making Sacrifices: Visions of Sacrifice in European and American Cultures edited by Nicholas Brooks and Gregor Thuswaldner
L. M. Kilbride on Poetic Revelations: The Power of the Word III edited by Mark S. Burrows, Jean Ward, and Malgorzata Grzegorzewska
Christina Bieber Lake on The Forsaken Son: Child Murder and Atonement in Modern American Fiction by Joshua Pederson
Todd Edmondson on Cormac McCarthy and the Signs of Sacrament: Literature, Theology, and the Moral of Stories by Matthew L. Potts
Isabelle Hesse on Third-Generation Holocaust Representation: Trauma, History, and Memory by Victoria Aarons and Alan L. Berger


News and Events

Lecture on Pablo Neruda by Dr. Roberto Onell
Mon Dec 10, 2018; 5:00PM –  6:30PM

Please join us on December 10 at 5 pm to hear Dr. Roberto Onell of the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile deliver a lecture entitled “The Poetic Construction of the Sacred in Pablo Neruda’s Poetry.” The lecture will take place in the Religion & Literature conference room, McKenna Hall basement 024.…

Religion & Literature Lecture: Rowan Williams
Mon Nov 26, 2018; 5:00PM –  6:30PM

Religion & Literature, in co-sponsorship with the Office of the President, is delighted to announce that our annual lecture will be delivered by the renowned theologian and former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams. Professor Williams’s talk, entitled “Relieved by Prayer: Power, Shame and Redemption in Shakespeare’s Drama,” will take place on November 26 at 5 PM in the Dahnke Ballroom. It will be the second lecture in this year’s Notre Dame Forum devoted to “The Catholic Artistic Heritage.”
The lecture is free and open to the public. Doors open at 4 pm. Reception to follow.

Dr. Williams will participate in several other events while on campus, including:

  • A brown-bag lunch with students and faculty at 12.30 on Nov. 27 in the Notre Dame Room, LaFortune, to discuss his lecture.
  • A Graduate Student Panel on his recent book The Edge of Words, featuring the responses of students from English and Theology, at 5.30 on Nov. 27 in Salon A, Smith Ballroom at the Morris Inn. A reception will follow at 7 pm.

Dr. Williams is Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge and Honorary Professor of Contemporary Christian Thought. He was educated in theology at both Cambridge and Oxford and is the author of dozens of books and articles on Christian theology, belief, poetry, and icons.

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Upcoming Issue (expected Fall 2019):

Volume 50.3

Featuring six articles:

Rowan Williams, “‘Relieved by Prayer’: Power, Shame, and Redemption in Shakespeare’s Drama”

Kristina Hochwender, “Illumination: Harold Frederic’s American Clerical Novel”

Joseph Simmons, “Poetic Judgment and the Music of the Spheres”

Kevin Ashenbach, “Thy Speech Serves for Authority”: From Personal Fantasy to Personal Encounter in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night"

Jo Carruthers, “’Esther Summerson’s Biblical Judgment: Queen Esther and the Fallen Woman in Bleak House

William Coker, “Fake your own Death: Mock-Suicide and the End of Identity in Jean Paul and Zizek”