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: 51.1 (published Spring 2020)​​​​​​


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
Matĕj Král, “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”

Forum: “Religion and Old English Literature,” edited by Daniel Anlezark, Karl Persson, and Jacob Riyeff

Daniel Anlezark, Karl Persson, and Jacob Riyeff, “‘Soð bið swicolost:’ Religion & Old English Literature”  
Karen Louise Jolly, “Bridges and Islands” 
Ben Reinhard, “The Old English Gloria and the Mystery of Creation”
Jill Frederick, “‘Uton We Hycgan Hwær We Ham Agen’: An Uncertain Christian in the Classroom” 
Daniel Anlezark, “Living on the Past”
Jacob Riyeff, “'To þæm stræcstum mynstermonna cynne ȝecyrren': Learning From Monastics on Either Side of a Millennium” 
Bret Roscoe, “The Sacramental View of the World in the Old English Wisdom Poetry” 
Rachel Kessler, “'Ic eom wunderlicu wiht': Discovering Creation as Sacrament in the Exeter Book Riddles” 

Book Reviews

Ashleigh Elser on On Biblical Poetry by F.W. Dobbs-Allsopp
E.J. Hutchinson on The Baptized Muse: Early Christian Poetry as Cultural Authority by Karla Pollmann
Daniel M. Murtaugh on Piers Plowman and the Books of Nature by Rebecca Davis
Scott F. Crider on  Loving Justice, Living Shakespeare by Regina Mara Schwartz
Nandra Perry on Conflicts of Devotion: Liturgical Poetics in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century England by Daniel R. Gibbons
Elizabeth Hodgson on Death Be Not Proud: The Art of Holy Attention by David Marno
Dwight Lindley on Ascent: Philosophy and Paradise Lost by Tzachi Zamir
J. Columcille Dever on The Vision of the Soul: Truth, Goodness, and Beauty in the Western Tradition by James Matthew Wilson
Ryan David Furlong on Religion of the Field Negro: On Black Secularism and Black Theology by Vincent W. Lloyd
Paul E. Kerry on C.S. Lewis and His Circle: Essays and Memoirs from the Oxford C.S. Lewis Society edited by Roger White, Judith Wolfe, and Brendan N. Wolfe
Jahdiel Perez on God Mocks: A History of Religious Satire from the Hebrew Prophets to Stephen Colbert by Terry Lindvall

Journal Cover from the winter 2010 issue

Upcoming Issue: 51.2 (expected Summer 2020)


Jonathan A. Cook, “An Endless Sermon: Religious Motifs in Melville's Letters to Hawthorne”
Elizabeth C. Culhane, “Hearing Absence: Shusaku Endo’s Silence and the Dark Night of the Soul”
Melissa Schubert, “Milton Against Humility?: The Highs and Lows of Paradise Lost” 
Charles Andrews, “Christian Pacifism and Literary Witness: The Political Theology of Vera Brittain’s Born 1925
Kristen Drahos, “Nailed and Aflame: Annie Dillard’s Bonaventurian Mysticism”

Book Reviews

David Marno on Poetic Relations: Intimacy and Faith in the English Reformation by Constance M. Furey
Gary Waller on Queen of Heaven: The Assumption and Coronation of the Virgin in Early Modern English
by Lilla Grindlay
Matthew J. Smith on The Johannine Renaissance in Early Modern English Literature and Theology by Paul Cefalu
C. Michael Hawn on The Hymnal: A Reading History by Christopher N. Phillips
Jennifer G. Jesse on The Evangelical Party and Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Return to the Church of England by Christopher W. Corbin
Michael P. Federici on Sectarianism and Orestes Brownson in the American Religious Marketplace by Angel Cortes
Jeanne Campbell Reesman on Continuing Bonds with the Dead: Parental Grief and Nineteenth -Century American Authors by Harold K. Bush
Stephen Tardiff on Faith in Poetry: Verse Style as a Mode of Religious Belief by Michael D. Hurley
Devin Brown on C.S. Lewis’s List: The Ten Books That Influenced Him Most edited by David Werther and Susan Werther
Jessica Swoboda on Virginia Woolf and Christian Culture by Jane de Gay
Darryl Jones on America’s Dark Theologian: The Religious Imagination of Stephen King by Douglas E. Cowan
Justin Watson on The Wounded Angel: Fiction and the Religions Imagination by Paul Lakeland