35.1 (Spr. 2003) - 39.3 (Aut. 2007)

Volume 39.3 (Autumn 2007)


  • John Freccero, “Epitaph for Guido: Inferno X”
  • Susan Srigley, “The Violence of Love: Reflections on Self-Sacrifice Through Flannery O’Connor and René Girard”
  • Thomas A. Carlson, “With the World at Heart: Reading Cormac McCarthy’s The Road with Augustine and Heidegger”

Book Reviews

Matthew Biberman

Jason P. Rosenblatt, Renaissance England’s Chief Rabbi: John Selden

Jeffrey Hammond

Michael J. Colacurcio, Godly Letters: The Literature of American Puritans

Stephen B. Dobranski

Michael Lieb, Theological Milton: Deity, Discourse and Heresy in the Miltonic Canon

James Walton

Mark Knight and Thomas Woodman, eds., Biblical Religion and the Novel, 1700-2000

Robert Mitchell

David M. Craig, John Ruskin and the Ethics of Consumption (Studies in Religion and Culture Series)

Rebecca Manring

Michael Madhusudhan Datta, The Slaying of Meghanada: A Ramayana from Colonial Bengal. Clinton B. Seey, trans.

Michael Tomko

Michael Wheeler, The Old Enemies: Catholic and Protestant in Nineteenth-Century English Culture

Volume 39.2 (Summer 2007)


  • William P. Franke, “Scripture as Theophany in Dante’s Paradiso
  • Elizabeth Grubgeld, "Body, Privacy, and Community: Reading Disability in the Late Fiction of Andre Dubus
  • Muriel Schmid, “Sylvie Germain’s Invitation to a Journey and the Memory of Evil”
  • Henry Weinfield, Review Essay on American Religious Poems, An Anthology, Harold Bloom and Jesse Zuba, eds.

Book Reviews

Robert Baker

Kevin J. Vanhoozer, James K. Smith, and Bruce Ellis Benson, eds., Hermeneutics at the Crossroads (Indiana Series in the Philosophy of Religion)

Brian Coniff

Arthur Kirsch, Auden and Christianity

Leslie Hill

Christopher Stratham, Romantic Poetry and the Fragmentary Imperative: Schlegel, Byron, Joyce, Blanchot

David Jaspers

Ranen Omer-Sherman, Israel in Exile: Jewish Writing and the Desert

Kate Rigby

T. K. Seung, Goethe, Nietzsche, and Wagner: Their Spinozan Ethics of Love and Power

Scott Thompson Smith

Clare A. Lees and Gillian R. Overing, eds., A Place to Believe In: Locating Medieval Landscapes

Volume 39.1 (Spring 2007)


  • Henry Hart, “The Quest for Mystical Communion and Community”
  • Christopher J. Knight, “‘The God of Love Is Full of Tricks’: Virginia Woolf’s Vexed Relation to the Tradition of Christianity”
  • Anita Houck, “The Ambiguous Laughter of Reconciliation: Comic Theodicy in Modern Literature”
  • Olivia Gabor-Peirce, “Friedrich Dürrenmat: Divine Traces in the Work of an Atheist”

Book Reviews

Scott Dransfield

Arthur Kirsch, Auden and Christianity

John Jacobs

Max Harris, Theatre and Incarnation

Cyrus P, Olsen

T. K. Seung, Nietzsche’s Epic of the Soul: Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Daniel Gates

William Poole, Milton and the Idea of the Fall

John Carlos Rowe

Ronald A. Bosco and Joel Myerson, eds., Emerson Bicentennial Essays

Christopher Strathman

Donald G. Marshall, ed., The Force of Tradition: Response and Resistance in Religion, Literature, and Cultural Studies

Dennis Todd

Julie Crawford, Marvelous Protestantism: Mostrous Births in Post-Reformation England

Joel Westerholm

Constance Hasset, Christina Rossetti: The Patience of Style. Victorian Literature and Culture Series, Jerome J. McGann and Herbert Tucker, eds.

Terence R. Wright

Charles Burack, D. H. Lawrence’s Language of Sacred Experience: The Transfiguration of the Reader

Sandra Wynands

Robert Baker, The Exravagant: Crossing of Modern Poetry and Modern Philosophy

Michael Strawser

Amy Laura Hall, Kierkegaard and the Treachery of Love

Joel D. Rasmussen, Between Irony and Witness: Kierkegaard’s Poetics of Faith, Hope, and Love

Volume 38.4 (Winter 2006)


  • Vittorio Hösle, “Religion of Art, Self-Mythicization and the Function of the Church Year in Goethe’s Italienische Reise
  • Kimberly VanEsveld Adams, “Family Influences on The Minister’s Wooing and Oldtown Folks:Henry Ward Beecher and Calivin Stowe”
  • Peter Lowe, "’Doing a Girl In’: Re-Reading the Asceticism of T.S. Eliot’s The Family Reunion’’
  • Jeffrey Klein, “Body Language: Desire and Polemic in the Corpus of Thomas Lynch”

Book Reviews

Denise Despres

Brenda Deen Schildgen, Pagans, Tartars, Moslems, and Jews in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales)

Terrence Neal Brown

John Garth, Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth

A.W. Barnes

William J. McGill, Poets’ Meeting: George Herbert, R.S. Thomas, and the Argument with God

Michael Brennan

Kevin Hart, The Dark Gaze: Maurice Blanchot and the Sacred

Sandra M. Gustafson

Peter Kafer, Charles Brockden Brown’s Revolution and the Birth of American Gothic

Larry Isitt

Michael Bryson, The Tyranny of Heaven: Milton’s Rejection of God as King

Thomas Gaiton Marullo

Edith W. Clowes, Fiction’s Overcoat: Russian Literary Culture and the Question of Philosophy

Gloria Davies

Zhang Longxi, Allegoresis: Reading Canonical Literature East and West

Paul A. Parrish

Felecia Wright McDuffie, To Our Bodies Turn We Then: Body as Word and Sacrament in the Works of John Donne

Brent Nelson, Holy Ambition: Rhetoric, Courtship, and Devotion in the Sermons of John Donne

Jeanne Shami, John Donne and Conformity in Crisis in the Late Jacobean Pulpit

Joseph Sterrett

Maurice Hunt, Shakespeare’s Religious Allusiveness: Its Play and Tolerance

Richard Wilson, Secret Shakespeare: Studies in Theatre, Religion, and Resistance

Clare Asquith, Shadowplay: The Hidden Beliefs and Coded Politics of William Shakespeare

Peter Milward, S.J., Shakespeare the Papist

Volume 38.3 (Autumn 2006)


  • Graham Hammill and Julia Reinhard, “Sovereign, Citizens, and Saints: Political Theology and Renaissance Literature”
  • Jacques Lezra, “Phares, or Divisible Sovereignty”
  • Catherine Winiarski, "’Adultery, Idolatry, and the Subject of Monotheism’’
  • Alice Dailey, “Making Edmund Campion: Treason, Martyrdom, and the Structure of Transcendence”
  • Ken Jackson, “‘Is it God or the Sovereign Exception?’: Giorgio Agamben’s Homo Sacer and Shakespeare’s King John
  • Philip Lorenz, “‘Chiristall Mirrors’ – Analogy and Onto-Theology in Shakespeare and Francisco Suárez”
  • Ineke Murakami, “The ‘bond and privilege of nature’ in Coriolanus
  • Jennifer Rust, “‘Image of Idolatryes’: Iconotropy and hte Theo-Political Body in The Faerie Queene
  • Aaron Kitch, “Golden Muse: Protestantism, Mercantilisim, and the Uses of Ovid in Marlowe’s Hero and Leander
  • Matthew Biberman, “Three Folds: Searching for Milton’s Paradise Lost between Moses, Lacan, and Derrida”
  • Lowell Gallagher, “Imagining Baroque Ethics: John Evelyn and the Case of the Stigmatic ‘Working Wench’”

Volume 38.2 (Summer 2006)


  • Nandra Perry, “‘Tis Heav’n She Speakes’: Lady Religion, Saint Teresa, and the Politics of Ceremony in the Poetry of Richard Crashaw”
  • David Goslee, “R.H. Hutton’s Novel Theology”
  • Daniel Cook, “Froude’s Post-Christian Apostate and the Uneven Development of Unbelief”
  • Thomas W. Smith, “Tolkein’s Catholic Imagination: Mediation and Tradition”
  • John F. Desmond, “Walker Percy and Writing the Holocaust”

Book Reviews

Alison Milbank

Christian Moevs, The Metaphysics of Dante’s Comedy

Franklin E. Liebenow, Jr.

Michael Giffin, Jane Austen and Religion: Salvation and Society in Georgian England

William Rossi

Alan D. Hodder, Thoreau’s Ecstatic Witness

Joel Westerholm

Frank M. Turner, John Henry Newman: The Challenge to Evangelical Religion

Stephen Prickett

Bernard Bergonzi, A Victorian Wanderer: The Life of Thomas Arnold the Younger

Andrew Zawacki

Roger Lundin, Emily Dickinson and the Art of Belief (2nd edition)

Janet McCann

Robert Ziegler, The Mirror of Divinity: The World and Creation in J.K. Huysmans

Cyril O’Regan

Kirsten J. Grimstad, The Modern Revival of Gnosticism and Thomas Mann’s Doktor Faustus

Book Notices

Erik Sidenvalls, After Anti-Catholicism: John Henry Newman and Protestant Britain, 1845-c. 1890

Jean-Luc Barré, translated by Bernard E. Doering, Jacques and Raïssa Maritain: Beggars for Heaven

Volume 38.1 (Spring 2006)


  • Roger Lundin, “Introduction: The American Literature and Religion Seminar”
  • Elisa New, “Variety as Religious Experience: The Poetics of the Plain Style”
  • Barbara Packer, “Response to Elisa New’s ‘Where the Meanings Are’”
  • Denise Donoghue, “Religion and American Fiction”
  • Lawrence Buell, “American Literature and / As Spiritual Inquiry: A Response to Denis Donoghue”
  • Stanley Hauerwas and Ralph Wood, “How the Church Became Invisible: A Christian Reading of American Literary Traditions”
  • Katherine Clay Bassard, “The Race for Faith: Justice, Mercy and the Sign of the Cross in African American Literature”

Book Reviews

A.W. Barnes

Lisa Lampert, Gender and Jewish Difference from Paul to Shakespeare

Tom Bishop

Brian Cummings, The Literary Culture of the Reformation: Grammar and Grace

Alison Shell, Catholicism, Controversy and the English Literary Imagination, 1558-1660

Stephen Prickett

Sheila A. Spector, British Romanticism and the Jews: History, Culture, Literature

J. Robert Barth, Romanticism and Transcendence: Wordsworth, Coleridge, and the Religious Imagination

Stephen Prickett

Judith Wilt, Behind Her Times: Transition England in the Novels of Mary Arnold Ward

Adam Schwartz

Mark Bosco, Graham Greene’s Catholic Imagination

Scott Dransfield

Robert D. Denham, Northrop Frye: Religious Visionary and Architect of the Spiritual World

Volume 37.3 (Autumn 2005)


  • John Milbank, “Fictioning Things: Gifts and Narratives”
  • Roger E. Moore, “’I’ll rouse my senses, and awake myself’: Marlowe’s The Jew of Malta and the Renaissance Gnostic Tradition”
  • Ruthe Coates, “Bakhtin and Hesychasm”
  • Sandra Wynands, “Visuality and Iconicity in Samuel Beckett’s Catastrophe

Book Reviews

Cyril O’Regan

Oliver Davies and Denys Turner, eds. Silence and the Word: Negative Theology and Incarnation

Michael J. Kessler

Ivan Strenski, Contesting Sacrifice: Religion, Nationalism, and Social Thought in France

David Lee Miller, Dreams of the Burning Child: Sacrificial Sons and the Father’s Witness

Amy Hungerford, The Holocaust of Texts: Genocide, Literature, and Personification

Sandra Wynands

Hent de Vries, trans. by Geoffrey Hale, Minimal Theologies: Critiques of Secular Reason in Adorno and Lévinas

Andrew Zawacki

Linda Bolton, Facing the Other: Ethical Disruption and the American Mind

Michael Bryson

Victoria Silver, Imperfect Sense: The Predicament of Milton’s Irony

David Loewenstein, Representing REvolution in Milton and His Contemporaries: Religion, Politics, and Polemics in Radical Puritanism

Michael Brennan

Kate Rigby, Topographies of the Sacred: The Poetics of Place in European Romanticism

Thomas Butler

Susan M. Griffin, Anti-Catholicism and Nineteenth-Century Fiction. Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture, no. 141

Rebecca Garcia Lucas

Wesley A. Kort, Place and Space in Modern Fiction

Louis A. DelFra, CSC

Karl-Heinz Westarp, Precision and Depth in Flannery O’Connor’s Short Stories

Susan Srigley, Flannery O’Connor’s Sacramental Art

Volume 37.2 (Summer 2005)


  • Paul J. Patterson, “The Book and Religious Practice in Late Medieval England”
  • Rosalynn Voaden, “Who Was Marget Thorpe? Reading Mechtild of Hackeborn in Fifteenth-Century England”
  • Vincent Gillespie, “Syon and the English Market for Continental Printed Books: The Incunable Phase”
  • Mary Erler, “Windows in Retirement: Region, Patronage, Spirituality, Reading at the Gaunts, Bristol”
  • Michael G. Sargent, “Mystical Writings and Dramatic Texts in Late Medieval England”
  • Nicholas Watson, “Chaucer’s Public Christianity”

Book Reviews

Paul J. Contino

Peter S. Hawkins, Dante’s Testaments: Essays in Scriptural Imagination

Volume 37.1 (Spring 2005)


  • Barbara Newman, “The Artifice of Eternity: Speaking of Heaven in Three Medieval Poems”
  • Scott Huelin, “Reading, Writing, and Memory in Hamlet
  • Murray Roston, “Donne and the Mediative Tradition”
  • Alison O’Harae, “Theology, Genre and Romance in Richard Baxter and Harriet Beecher Stowe”
  • Philip R. Wood, “Beyond the Simulacrum of Religion versus Secularism: Modernist Aesthetic ‘Mysticism’; Or, Why We Will Not Stop Revering ‘Great Books’”

Book Reviews

Gillen D. Wood

Luke Ferretter, Towards a Christian Literary Theory

John Renard

Scott B. Noegel and Brannon M. Wheeler, Historical Dictionary of Prophets in Islam and Judaism

Brannon M. Wheeler, Prophets in the Quran: An Introduction to the Quran and Muslim Exegesis

Robert Crawford

J. Walter McGinty, Robert Burns and Religion

Volume 36.3 (Autumn 2004)


  • Deneen Senasi, “A Matter of Words: Aesthetics of Reading and Embodiment in the Poetry of Richard Crashaw”
  • Jessie Cheney, “If the Words Be Well Understood, Or, What did John Cotton Mean When He Accused Anne Hutchinson of Adultery?”
  • James H. Thrall, “Immersing the Chela: Religion and Empire in Rudyard Kipling’s Kim
  • Thomas M. Dicken, “God and Pigment: John Updike on the Conversation of Meaning”

Book Reviews

Christopher A. Jones

Paul Cavill, ed., The Christian Tradition in Anglo-Saxon England: Approaches to Current Scholarship and Teaching. Christianity and Culture: Issues in Teaching and Research 1

Paul Tankard

Doris T. Myers, Bareface: A Guide to C.S. Lewis’s Last Novel

Peter J. Schakel, Imagination and the Arts in C.S. Lewis: Journeying to Narnia and Other Worlds

Book Notices

Sarah Beckwith, Signifying God: Social Relation and Symbolic Act in the York Corpus Christi Plays

Volume 36.2 (Summer 2004)


  • Margaret Olofson Thickstun, “Milton Among Puritan Women: Affiliative Spirituality and the Conclusion of Paradise Lost
  • Alan Blackstock, “Redeeming the Fallen Giants: Chesterton on Newman, Carlyle, and Ruskin”
  • Mark Bosco, SJ, “From The Power and the Glory to The Honorary Consul: The Development of Graham Greene’s Catholic Imagination”
  • Ranen Omer-Sherman, “Orthodox Community and Individuality in Allegra Goodman’s Kaaterskill Falls

Book Reviews

Anthony Low

Claude J. Summers and Ted-Larry Pebworth, eds., Fault Lines and Controversies in the Study of Seventeenth-Century English Literature

Robert Appelbaum, Literature and Utopian Politics in Seventeenth-Century England

R.V. Young, Doctrine and Devotion in Seventeenth-Century Poetry: Studies in Donne, Herbert, Crashaw, and Vaughan

John Renard

Herbert Berg, The Development of Exegesis in Early Islam: The Authenticity of Muslim Literature from the Formative Period

Issa Boullata, ed., Literary Structures of Religious Meaning in the Qur’an

Daniel Madigan, The Qur’an’s Self-Image: Writing and Authority in Islam’s Scripture

Jawid Mojaddedi, The Biographical Tradition in Sufism: the Tabaqat Genre from al-Sulami to Jami

Roberto Tottoli, Biblical Prophets in the Qur’an and Muslim Literature

Brannon M. Wheeler, Moses in the Qur’an and Islamic Exegesis

David V. Urban

John T. Shawcross, The Uncertain World of Samson Agonistes

Derek N.C. Wood, “Exiled From Light”: Divine Law Morality, and Violence in Milton’s Samson Agonistes

Joseph Wittreich, Shifting Contexts: Reinterpreting Samson Agonistes

Mark R. Kelly and Joseph Wittreich, eds., Altering Eyes: New Perspectives on Samson Agonistes

William Scheick

Susan Juster, Doomsayers: Anglo American Prophecy in the Age of Revolution

Jay Twomey

Alain Badiou (translated by Ray Brassier), Saint Paul: The Foundation of Universalism

Randy Boyogoda

Frank Kermode, Pieces of My Mind: Essays and Criticism 1958-2002

Greg Maillet

Phillip J. Donnelly, Rhetorical Faith: The Literary Hermeneutics of Stanley Fish

Gary A. Olson, Justifying Belief: Stanley Fish and the Work of Rhetoric

Book Notices

Kathryn Powell and Donald Scragg, eds. Apocryphal Texts and Traditions in Anglo-Saxon England

Robert Ellsberg, ed., Flannery O’Connor: Spiritual Writings

Volume 36.1 (Spring 2004)


  • Peter S. Hawkins, “Lost and Found: The Bible and its Literary Afterlife”
  • Lawrence Beaston, “The Pearl-Poet and Pelagians”
  • John D. Cox, “Shakespeare’s Religious and Moral Thinking: Skepticism or Suspicion?”
  • Michael Roeschlein, “E.M. Forster and ‘the Part of the Mind That Seldom Speaks’: Mysticism, Mythopoeia and Irony in A Passage to India

Book Reviews

Brian Graham

Alvin A. Lee and Jean O’Grady, ed., Northorop Frye on Religion, excluding The Great Code and Words with Power

Christopher Strathman

Stephen Prickett, Narrative, Religion and Science: Fundamentalism versus Irony, 1700-1999

Kevin Hart, The Trespass of the Sign: Deconstruction, Theology and Philosophy

Book Notices

Brian Murdoch, The Medieval Popular Bible: Expansions of Genesis in the Middle Ages

Regina Hewitt and Pat Rogers, eds., Orthodoxy and Heresy in Eighteenth-Century Society: Essays from the DeBartolo Conference

Martin Priestman, Romantic Atheism: Poetry and Freethought, 1780-1830

Volume 35.2-3 (Summer-Autumn 2003)


  • Heidi Oberholtzer, “Pilgrimage in Literature of the Americas: Spiritualized Travel and Sacred Place”
  • John Gatta, “Godliness Writ Large in John Muir’s Sierra”
  • John J. Murphy, “Sacred Places Along Cather’s Route to Avignon”
  • H.R. Stoneback, “Pilgrimage Variations: Hemingway’s Sacred Landscapes”
  • Alberto López Pulido, “Chicano Religions through Chicano Literature: Reinscribing Chicano Religions as a Hermeneutics of Movement”
  • Kimberly M. Blaeser, “Sacred Journey Cycles: Pilgrimage as Re-turning and Re-telling in American Indigenous Literatures”
  • Kamau Brathwaite, “Namsetoura”
  • Katherine Clay Bassard, “Crossing Over: Free Space, Sacred Place and Intertextual Geographies in Peter Randolph’s Sketches of Slave Life
  • Mary Baine Campbell, “Holy Land USA: Thirteen Photographs, a Poem, and Two Excurses”
  • Benedict Giamo, “Enlightened Attachment: Kerouac’s Impermanent Buddhist Trek”
  • Ihab Hassan, “Coming to America: Fragment of a Memoir”
  • Barbara Pell, “Hugh Hood’s Allegorical Landscapes as Sacred Spaces”
  • Hilton Obenzinger, “Holy Land Narrative and American Covenant: Levi Parsons, Pliny Fisk and the Palestine Mission”

Volume 35.1 (Spring 2003)


  • Michael Bryson, “Dismemberment and Community: Sacrifice and the Communal Body in the Hebrew Scriptures”
  • Janet B. Sommers, “Vision and Revision: The Midrashic Imagination in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Woman in Sacred History
  • John Garrard, “The Twelve:Block’s Apocalypse”
  • Robert E. Kohn, “Seven Buddhist Themes in Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49
  • Jay Twomey, “Spirit in Motion: Echoes of a Pentecostal Heritage in the Poetry of A.R. Ammons”

Book Reviews

Ann M. Begley

Francine Du Plessix Gray, Simone Weil

Susan M. Srigley

Richard Giannone, Flannery O’Connor, Hermit Novelist

Ranen Omer-Sherman

B. Jill Carroll, The Savage Side: Reclaiming Violent Models of God

Book Notices

Dee Dyas, Pilgrimage in Medieval English Literature, 700-1500

Piero Boitani, trans. Anita Weston, The Bible and Its Rewritings