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 49.1 (published Summer 2018)

Article Authors

David Jones Special Issue

“David Jones: Towards a Theology of History,” edited by Anna Svendsen and Jasmine Hunter Evans
Anna Svendsen and Jasmine Hunter Evans, “Introduction”
Tom Villis, “When was ‘the Break’? David Jones and Catholic Ideas of Rupture in British History”
Jasmine Hunter Evans and Christine Pagnoulle, “‘The Agent’: Probing into Agency”
Ewan King, “Narrating Communion: Gwenhwyfar and the Encounter of Chronicle and Critical History”
Joseph Simmons, “David Jones’s Irenaean Theology of History”
Sarah Coogan, “‘You will furnish / that fatigue’: Typological Interpretation and David Jones’s Ambiguous Soldier”
Tom Bromwell, “The Apocalyptic Paratext: The Frontispiece and Tailpiece to In Parenthesis
Adam Schwartz, “‘Getting into history’: The Great War and David Jones’s Memory”
John David Ramsey, “David Jones, Action, Anamnesis, and the Roman Catholic Mass”
Francesca Brooks, “Liturgy, Performance, and Poetry of the Passion: David Jones and The Dream of the Rood
Robin D’Souza, “From Egalitarian to Sacramental Community: Re-writing William Morris’s Social Romance in David Jones’s In Parenthesis
Daniel Gustafsson, “The Making and Unmaking of History: Secular and Sacramental Approaches”
Jean Ward, “The Poet as ‘Rememberer’: Anamnesis in David Jones’s Language”
Paul Robichaud, “David Jones and the Archipelagic Past”
Thomas Berenato, “David Jones and the Ancient Mariner: A History of Forgiveness”
Elizabeth Powell, “The Quest for Sacrament in David Jones’s Poem, ‘A, a, a, DOMINE DEUS’”

Mini-forum, edited by L. M. Kilbride
L. M. Kilbride, “Introduction on Logos”
Catherine Pickstock, "What Does Othering Make? David Jones’s “A, a, a, Domine Deus”
Romana Huk, "Sacrament as ars in the down-to-earth poetics of David Jones (pursued through a reading of his ars[e]-poetica, “A, a, a, Domine Deus”)"

Other Contributors

Susan VanZanten, Transformations in Biblical Literary Traditions: Incarnation, Narrative, and Ethics: Essays in Honor of David Lyle Jeffrey edited by D. H. Williams and Philip J. Donnelly
Walter S. H. Lim, A Poetics of Translation: Between Chinese and English Literature edited by David Jasper, Geng Youzhuang, and Wang Hai
David K. Anderson, Stages of Engagement: Drama and Religion in Post-Reformation England edited by James D. Mardock and Kathryn R. McPherson
Erin A. Smith, Nineteenth-Century American Women Write Religion: Lived Theologies and Literature edited by Mary McCartin Wearn
Rick Anthony Furtak, Excursions with Thoreau: Poetry, Philosophy, Religion by Edward F. Mooney
Nicholas Beauchesne, The Astral H. D.: Occult and Religious Sources and Contexts for H. D.’s Poetry and Prose by Matte Robinson

Thomas Berenato, Divine Cartographies: God, History, and Poiesis in W. B. Yeats, David Jones, and T. S. Eliot by W. David Soud
Kathleen Henderson Staudt, David Jones: Engraver, Soldier, Painter, Poet by Thomas Dilworth
Barry Brummett, Mapping Christian Rhetorics: Connecting Conversations, Charting New Territories edited by Michael-John De Palma and Jeffrey M. Ringer
Scott Dill, Secularization Without End: Beckett, Mann, Coetzee by Vincent Pecora
Bryan M. Santin, If God Meant to Interfere: American Literature and the Rise of the Christian Right by Christopher Douglas
Erick Sierra, Rhetorics of Religion in American Fiction: Faith, Fundamentalism, and Fanaticism in the Age of Terror by Liliana M. Naydan


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 2018):

49.2, Grace Special Issue

Featuring five articles:
Micael M. Clarke, “Wilkie Collins’s The Moonstone, Anti-Imperialism, and the Emergence of a Secular Modernity”
Yuri Corrigan, “Comparative Demonologies: Dostoevsky and Ferrante on the Boundaries of the Self”
Jason Lewallen, “Secular Conversion: La Nausee as Formative Fiction”
Marcel Decoste, “This Is My Body: The Saving Knowledge of Suffering Flesh in Flannery O’Connor’s Wise Blood
Rebecca Styler, “Josephine Butler, Esoteric Christianity, and the Biblical Motherhood of God”

Also featuring a transcript of the conference “Grace in Question: Art, Act, and Awkwardness,” held at the University of Cambridge and the Notre Dame Global Gateway in London, October 2016.

Including a Forum “On Grace and Poetry,” edited by L. M. Kilbride and Ryan Pepin
Simone Kotva, “The Line of Resistance: Ravaisson and Bergson”
Christian Coppa, “Supplicating in Agony and Praise: Anne Vaughan Lock and the Case of the Sinner’s ‘Crye’”
L. M. Kilbride, “‘What I do is Me’: On Grace and Sprung Rhythm”
Elizabeth Powell, “Grace-Inflected Forms in David Jones’s The Sleeping Lord and Other Fragments
Jack Bellioli, “Bruno Latour and R. F. Langley: a graced encounter”
Ryan Pepin, “‘ET USQUE AD NUBES VERITAS TUA’: Grace and Voice in the Marriage Song”

And featuring an expanded version of the 2017 Religion & Literature Lecture, “Grace, & the Spiritual Reach of Representation,” delivered by Hank Lazer