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: 51.2 (published 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?: Milton’s Paradise Epics and the Poetics of Humility”

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 Writing 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

Jeanne Campbell Reesman on Continuing Bonds with the Dead: Parental Grief and Nineteenth-Century American Authors by Harold K. Bush

Michael P. Federici on Sectarianism and Orestes Brownson in the American Religious Marketplace by Ángel Cortés

Stephen Tardif on Faith in Poetry: Verse Style as a Mode of Religious Belief by Michael D. Hurley

Jessica Swoboda on Virginia Woolf and Christian Culture by Jane de Gay

Justin Watson on The Wounded Angel: Fiction and the Religious Imagination by Paul Lakeland

Devin Brown on C. S. Lewis’s List: The Ten Books That Influenced Him Most edited by David Werther and Susan Werther

Darryl Jones on America’s Dark Theologian: The Religious Imagination of Stephen King edited by Douglas E. Cowan



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Upcoming Issue: 51.3-52.1 (Double Issue expected Winter 2020)


Stephanie Gehring, “Attention, Avoidance, and Tragedy: What Simone Weil Could Have Said About King Lear if She Had Read Stanley Cavell”

Caleb D. Spencer, “Postsecular Conversions: From Traveling Mercies to Fight Club

Jonathan McGregor, “Black Medievalism: Claude McKay's Late Catholic Poetry"

Genevieve West, “Sin and Salvation: Marita Bonner's Early Explorations of Christian Theology"

Robert William Rix, “Divine Improvisations: J. J. G. Wilkinson and Automatic Writing”

Harrison Dietzman, “‘Faith’ is a fine invention”: Emily Dickinson’s Critique of Empiricism"         

Philip Mitchell, "The Excessive Event: Four British Church Dramas (1934-1951) and the Phenomenology of the Communion of Saints"

Forum: Angelic Poetry

Felix Schmelzer, "Introduction"

Michael D. Hurley, "The Fate of Angles in the Nineteenth Century"

Felix Schmelzer, "Feathery Traces: The (Dis)appearance of the Angel in the Work of Mallarmé"

Juan Eduardo Carreño, "Can a Poet Talk with Angels? An Answer from Medieval Angelology"

Dominique de Courcelles, "The Struggle with the Angel"

Romana Huk, "Postmodern Angels"