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 49.2 (published Winter 2019)

Article Authors

Grace Special Issue

Micael M. Clarke, “‘Invaded by a Devilish Indian Diamond’: Wilkie Collins’s ‘Sermon for Sepoys,’ The Moonstone, 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”

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 Belloli, “Bruno Latour and R. F. Langley: A Graced Encounter”
Ryan Pepin, “‘Et Vsqve ad Nvbes Veritas Tva’: Grace and Voice in the Marriage Song”

Other Contributors

J. A. Jackson on Cecilia A. Hatt’s God and The Gawain-Poet: Theology and Genre in Pearl, Cleanness, Patience, and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Kevin Laam on Ryan Netzley’s Lyric Apocalypse: Milton, Marvell, and the Nature of Events
Daniel Swift on David Loewenstein and Michael Witmore (eds.)’s Shakespeare and Early Modern Religion
Dorothy McMillan on Natasha Duquette’s Veiled Intent: Dissenting Women’s Aesthetic Approach to Biblical Interpretation

Cheri L. Larsen Hoeckley on Richard Hughes Gibson’s Forgiveness in Victorian Literature: Grammar, Narrative, and Community
Thomas W. Stanford III on Maurice Hunt’s The Divine Face in Four Writers: Shakespeare, Dostoyevsky, Hesse, and C. S. Lewis
Griffin Oleynick on Eric Bugyis and David Newheiser (eds.)’s Desire, Faith, and the Darkness of God: Essays in Honor of Denys Turner
Darryl Tippens on Susan M. Felch (ed.)’s The Cambridge Companion to Literature and Religion


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 Spring 2019):

Volume 49.3

Featuring five articles:

Joseph Twist, “Between Resurrection and Insurrection: Jesus and the ‘Deconstruction of Monotheism’ in ‘Von der Zärtlichkeit’ by Navid Kermani and ‘ich, jesus von nazareth’ by SAID

Avram Alpert, “Buddhism between Worlds: Contested Liberations in Kipling, Salinger, and Head”

Leyla Ozgur Alhassen, “A Narratological Analysis of the Story of Ibrāhīm in the Qur’ān: Faith, Family, Parents and Ancestors”

Joshua Taft, “John Henry Newman’s Metrical Experiments”

Christopher Maslanka, “What art Thou?’ Spiritual Identity and Category Confusion in The South English Legendary’s Life of Saint Christopher”

And featuring a forum on “Literary Impacts of the Reformation” edited by Susannah Monta and Richard Strier