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 50.3 (published Spring 2020)

Article Authors

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”

Other Contributors

Sheila E. Jelen on Moses: A Human Life by Avivah Gottleib Zornberg
G. E. M. Lippiatt on The Knight, the Cross, and the Song: Crusade Propaganda and Chivalric Literature, 1100-1400 by Stefan Vander Elst
Ellen K. Rentz on The Quest for the Christ Child in the Later Middle Ages by Mary Dzon
James H. Morey on The Middle English Bible: A Reassessment by Henry Ansgar Kelly
Christopher Flynn on Transatlantic Trio: Empiricism, Evangelicalism, Romanticism: Essays and Reviews 1974-2017 by Richard E. Brantley
Sean Nolan on Coleridge and Contemplation edited by Peter Cheyne

Timothy Marr on The Islamic Lineage of American Literary Culture: Muslim Sources from the Revolution to Reconstruction by Jeff Einboden
Megan Lease on Principle and Propensity: Experience and Religion in the Nineteenth-Century British and American Bildungsroman by Kelsey L. Bennett
Joshua Mabie on Visionary of the Word: Melville and Religion edited by Jonathan A. Cook and Brian Yothers
Nikhil Gupta on James Joyce and Catholicism: The Apostate’s Wake by Chrissie Van Mierlo
Vincent Lloyd on Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Theology by M. Cooper Harriss
Beth Sutherland on Poetry and Revelation: For a Phenomenology of Religious Poetry by Kevin Hart


News and Events

Religion & Literature Lecture: Michael D. Hurley
Mon Apr 6, 2020; 6:00PM –  8:00PM

Religion & Literature is delighted to announce our annual lecture will be delivered by Michael D. Hurley (University of Cambridge) on April 6th at 6 pm in the Department of English. Professor Hurley’s topic will be “Gerard Manley Hopkins’s Theodicy,” a topic that he says has “bothered him — in a good way — for some time.” The lecture promises to be determinedly interdisciplinary: picking over how and where literature meets theology when it comes to Hopkins’s theodical thinking in his poems.

The lecture will be followed by a reception, to which all are welcome.

Michael D. Hurley is a Reader in Literature and Theology at the University of Cambridge. He has published widely on literary form and style and on literature’s interrelations with philosophy and theology, and his recent books include Faith in Poetry: Verse Style as a Mode of Religious Belief, G. K. Chesterton, and Poetic Form. Hurley is co-editor of The Hopkins Quarterly, and he will take up a Visiting Fellowship at All Souls College, Oxford, in the Trinity term 2021, to work on an innovative literary biography of Hopkins that shows how poetic composition spurred him to think in surprising, and occasionally dangerous, new ways.

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Upcoming Issue (expected Spring 2020):

Volume 51.1

Featuring six articles:

Kelly Budruweit, “Women’s Religions in The Mists of Avalon: Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Postsecular Fantasy”

Laura H. Clarke, “Religion as Idea and Form: The Problem of Epistemology in Robert Browning’s ‘Bishop Blougram’s Apology’ and Red Cotton Night-Cap Country

Andrew Hoogheem,“Neither Anglican nor Female: Androgyny, True Religion, and The Towers of Trebizond

Matej Kral, “God, Emperor, and the ‘Disadvantages of Such Great Empires’: An Essay on Franz Kafka”

Nicholas O. Pagan, “Returning to Georges Poulet: Literature, Spiritual Intimacy, and Faith”

As well as a forum on “Religion and Old English Literature,” edited by Daniel Anlezark, Karl Persson, and Jacob Riyeff