40.1 (Spr. 2008) - 45.3 (Aut. 2013)

Volume 45.3 (Autumn 2013)


  • William Junker, “Saint Benedict Among the Brambles: Eros, Ecstasy, and Grace in Gregory the Great and Foucault”
  • Christopher Knight, “Concerning the Unpredictable: Penelope Fitzgerald’s The Gate of Angels and the Challenges to Modern Religious Belief”
  • Stephen Platten, “‘They Know Earth Secrets’: Thomas Hardy’s Tortured Vocation”
  • Brian Walsh, “‘A Priestly Farewell’: The Catholic and Reformed in Pericles
  • William Penny, “ Materia poetica and the order of signs: A study of David Jones’s ‘The Anathemata’”
  • Joshua Pederson, “The Writer as Dervish: Sufism and Poetry in Orhan Pamuk”

Hospitable Forms: Post-Secular Thought in New-Century Poetics

Edited by Romana Huk and Ailbhe Darcy

  • Romana Huk and Ailbhe Darcy, “Introduction”
  • Simon Jarvis, “Verse as Counter-Signage”
  • Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, “Poetry and the mystery”
  • Hank Lazer, “Hospitable Texts”
  • David Marriott, “‘The heat to bear’”
  • Norman Fischer, “Poetry and Faith”
  • Stephanie Strickland, “Joined at the Hip: Simone Weil, Quentin Meillassoux”
  • Sinéad Morrissey, ““Republic of Instability”: Artifice, Death and the Afterlife in Mark Doty’s Murano
  • Fanny Howe, “After-Thoughts”

Book Reviews

  • Matthew P. Brown, Sarah Rivett’s The Science of the Soul in Colonial New England
  • Stephen B. Dobranski , Russell M. Hillier’s Milton’s Messiah: The Son of God in the Works of John Milton
  • P. G. Stanwood, Oxford Handbook of the British Sermon 1689–1901, edited by Keith A. Francis and William Gibson et al.
  • Beth Lau, Laura Dabundo’s The Marriage of Faith: Christianity in Jane Austen and William Wordsworth
  • Sarah E. Ruble, Albert H. Tricomi’s Missionary Positions: Evangelicalism and Empire in American Fiction
  • Terence Hoagwood, Devon Fisher’s Roman Catholic Saints and Early Victorian Literature: Conservatism, Liberalism, and the Emergence of Secular Culture
  • Zach Hutchins, Jonathan A. Cook’s Inscrutable Malice: Theodicy, Eschatology, and the Biblical Sources of Moby-Dick
  • Thomas Albrecht, Claire Masurel-Murray’s Le Calice Vide: L’imaginaire Catholique dans la Littérature Décadente Anglaise
  • Don W. King, John Bremer’s C. S. Lewis, Poetry, and the Great War 1914-1918
  • Felix Ó Murchadha, Iain Thomson’s Heidegger, Art, and Postmodernity
  • Morny Joy, William C. Dowling’s Ricoeur on Time and Narrative: An Introduction to Temps et Récit
  • Brigid O’Shea Merriman, Michael Plekon’s Saints as They Really Are: Voices of Holiness in our Time

Volume 45.2 (Summer 2013)


  • David Ainsworth, “Milton’s Holy Spirit in De Doctrina Christiana
  • Jay David Miller, “‘Nature Hath a Voice’: John Woolman’s Wilderness Habitas
  • Robert J. Patterson, “A Triple-Twined Re-appropriation: Womanist Theology and Gendered-Racial Protest in the Writings of Jarena Lee, Frances E. W. Harper, and Harriet Jacobs”
  • Christopher Douglas, “‘If God Meant to Interfere’: Evolution and Theology in Blood Meridian
  • Yael S. Feldman, “Isaac and Ishmael? The Sibling Challenge to Israel’s Oedipalized ‘Blinding’”

Gerard Manley Hopkins

Edited by Martin Dubois

  • Martin Dubois, “Introduction”
  • Daniel Brown, “Hopkins’s Historicity”
  • Joseph Pizza, "Hopkins and the Catholic Imaginary
  • Summer J. Star, “The Obedient Mind of Gerard Manley Hopkins”
  • James Fill Cotter, “Hopkins and the Bible”
  • Meredith Martin, “Gerard Manley Hopkins and Sacred Language”
  • Duc Dau, “Hopkins and Bodies”
  • Frank Fennell, “Hopkins’s [New] Readers”

Book Reviews

  • Gabriel Said Reynolds, Stephen J. Shoemaker’s The Death of a Prophet: The End of Muhammad’s Life and the Beginning of Islam
  • Patricia Skinner, Miriamne Ara Krummel’s Crafting Jewishness in Medieval England: Legally Absent, Virtually Present
  • Marcela K. Perett, Michael Van Dussen’s From England to Bohemia: Heresy and Communication in the Lader Middle Ages
  • Robert H. Ray, Gary Walker’s The Virgin Mary in Late Medieval and Early Modern English Literature and Popular Culture
  • Sandra M. Gustafon, Elizabeth Fenton’s Religious Liberties: Anti-Catholicism and Liberal Democracy in Nineteenth-Century U. S. Literature and Culture
  • Andrew Armond, Charles LaPorte’s Victorian Poets and the Changing Bible
  • Cyril O’Regan, Simon D. Podmore’s Kieerkegaard and the Self Before God: Anatomy of the Abyss
  • Michael Scrivener, Kinereth Meyer and Rachel Salmon Deshen’s Reading the Underthought: Jewish Hermeneutics and the Christian Poetry of Hopkins and Eliot
  • Peter Nicholls, Robert Baker’s In Dark Again in Wonder: The Poetry of René Char and George Oppen
  • Alvin H. Rosenfeld, Catherine D. Charrerley’s Disenchantment: George Steiner and the Meaning of Western Civilization after Auschwitz
  • Ken Jackson, Ola Sigurdson’s Theology and Marxism in Eagleton and Žižek: A Conspiracy of Hope
  • David Humbert, Douglas Hedley’s Sacrifice Imagined: Violence, Atonement, and the Sacred

Volume 45.1 (Spring 2013)


  • William Franke, “Dante and the Secularization of Religion through Literature”
  • Victor Houliston, “The Violence of the Knowledge of God: John Donne and the Ordinance of Preaching”
  • Julien C. H. Smith, “‘You are my witnesses’: Walker Percy, Jacques Maritain and the Jews”
  • William F. Purcell, “Converting Culture: Reading Chinua Achebe’s ‘Marriage is a Private Affair’ in Light of Bernard Lonergan’s Theology of Conversion”
  • Caleb Caldwell, "Joy in the Night: “Witness and the Limits of Discourse in Seamus Heaney’s North

Defining Religion in Milton

Edited by Stephen M. Fallon and Karen Clausen-Brown

  • Paul Stevens, “Literary Studies and the Turn to Religion: Milton Reading Badiou”
  • Tobias Gregory, “How Milton Defined Heresy and Why”
  • James Nohrnberg, “The Religion of Adam and Eve in Paradise Lost
  • Dustin D. Stewart, “Paradise Regain’d on Socinian Time”
  • Feisal G. Mohamed, “Milton Against Sacrifice”
  • Stephen M. Fallon, “Is Milton a Religious Writer?”

Book Reviews

  • George Aichele, Laura Feldt’s The Fantastic in Religious Narrative from Exodus to Elisha
  • Alison Milbank, Vittorio Montemaggi and Matthew Threherne, ed.‘s _Dante’s_ Commedia: Theology as Poetry
  • Susan M. Felch, Ken Jackson and Arthur F. Marotti, ed.’s Shakespeare and Religion: Early Modern and Postmodern Perspectives
  • Joseph R. Teller, John Saward, John Morrill, and Michael Tomko, ed.’s Firmly I Believe and Truly: The Spiritual Tradition of Catholic England, 1483-1999
  • Lindsay Reckson, Andrea Knutson’s American Spaces of Conversion: The Conductive Imaginaries of Edwards, Emerson, & James
  • Joseph Pizza, Kirstie Blair’s Form and Faith in Victorian Poetry and Religion
  • Todd Avery, Richard Griffiths’s The Pen and the Cross: Catholicism and English Literature, 1850-2000
  • Joseph M. Meyer, Richard Hardack’s “Not Altogether Human”: Pantheism and the Dark Nature of the American Renaissance
  • Kevin J. Hayes, Harry Lee Poe’s Evermore: Edgar Allen Poe and the Mystery of the Universe
  • Roderick McGillis, Bonnie Gaarden’s The Christian Goddess: Archetype and Theology in the Fantasies of George MacDonald
  • William Hansen, Deeanne Wesbrook’s Speaking of Gods in Figure and Narrative
  • John Poch, Thomas Gardner’s John in the Company of Poets: The Gospel in Literary Imagination

Volume 44.3 (Autumn 2012)


  • Anthony Domestico, “The Twice-Broken World: Karl Barth, T. S. Eliot, and Poetics of Christian Revelation”
  • Darlene Kelly, “‘Of All That Is and of All That Might Be’: Gabrielle Roy’s Teilhardian Ideas”
  • Michael Roeschlein, “Theatrical Iteration in Stoppard’s Arcadia: Fractal Mapping, Eternal Recurrence, Perichoresis
  • Paul Tewkesbury, “Thematizing the Beloved Community: Echoes of Martin Luther King Jr. in Bebe Moore Campbell’s Your Blues Ain’t Like Mine

‘Acknowledged Convictions’ and Ongoing Conversation: A Forum in Response to Religion & Literature 42.1-2

Edited by Katy Wright-Bushman and Robin Kirkpatrick

  • Robin Kirkpatrick, “The ‘I’ in Question”
  • Jill Mann, “Making It Up as You Go Along”
  • Peter S. Hawkins, “We Talk”
  • Jennifer Bryan, “Of Elephants and the Academic Self”
  • Fatemeh Keshavarz, “Faith in the Academy: A Visit to ‘Where Fearful Things Are’”
  • Shawkat M. Toorwa, “Objections to Devotion? (Or Can the Muslim Speak?)”
  • Carolyn P. Collette, “Hidden in Plain Sight: Religion and Medievalism in the British Women’s Suffrage Movement”
  • Daniel Powell, “Belief, History, and Engaging the Other: The View from Clifford’s Tower”
  • Danica Boyce and Alyssa McLeod, “The Living Museum: Processing and Professing History in the Academy”
  • Theresa Coletti, “Confession, Confessionalization, and the Temporalities of Medieval Religious Studies”
  • Kathryn Kerby-Fulton, “The Vitality of the Past in the Present: A Response to the Forum on ‘Acknowledged Convictions’ in Religion & Literature 42.1-2”
  • Asma Afsaruddin, “Un-Reading and Re-Reading the Past: Letting Religion Back into the Academy (Did It Ever Leave?)”
  • Adrienne Williams Boyarin, “This Is No Museum”

Book Reviews

  • Jacob Riyeff, Duncan Robertson’s Lectio Divina: The Medieval Experience of Reading
  • Kantik Ghosh, Ian Christopher Levy’s Holy Scripture and the Quest for Authority at the End of the Middle Ages
  • Kate Peters, Hilary Hinds’s George Fox and Early Quaker Culture
  • Richard Hughes Gibson, Michael Wheeler’s St. John and the Victorians
  • Richard Barz, Rebecca J. Manring’s The Fading Light of Advaita Acarya: Three Hagiographies
  • Michael Strawser, Chris Danta’s Literature Suspends Death: Sacrifice and Storytelling in Kierkegaard, Kafka, and Blanchot
  • Fredrick Asals, Susan Srigley ed.‘s _Dark Faith: New Essays on Flannery O’Connor’s_ The Violent Bear It Away
  • Anne Fletcher, Christopher J. Wheatley’s Thornton Wilder & Amos Wilder: Writing Religion in Twentieth-Century America
  • Cates Baldridge, Dermot Givalry and Darren J. N. Middleton ed.’s Dangerous Edges of Graham Greene: Journeys with Saints and Sinners
  • John Edgar Browning, Victoria Nelson’s Gothicka: Vampire Heroes, Human Gods, and the New Supernatural
  • Ranen Omer-Sherman, Yael S. Feldman’s Glory and Agony: Isaac’s Sacrifice and National Narrative
  • Sanford Budick, Stephen Prickett’s Modernity and the Reinvention of Tradition: Backing into the Future

Volume 44.2 (Summer 2012)


  • Alexander T. Wong, “‘Dainty Martyrdom’ and ‘Hot Devotion’ in the Verse of Joseph Beaumont (1616–1699)”
  • Humberto Garcia, “Blake, Swedenborg, and Muhammad: The Prophet Tradition, Revisited”
  • D. Marcel DeCoste, “‘A Thing that Even Death Cannot Undo’: The Operation of the Theological Virtues in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road
  • Kate Zebiri, “‘Holy Foolishness’ and ‘Crazy Wisdom’ as Teaching Styles in Contemporary Western Sufism”
  • Evan Chambers, “Re-Opening Dictée: Interpreting the Void in Theresa Cha’s Representations of Christianity”

Walter J. Ong Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: A Special Centenary Forum

Edited by Sara J. van den Berg

  • Sara J. van den Berg, “Walter Ong on the Road: Research Before the Internet”
  • Thomas D. Zlatic, “Talking Literature and Religion: Walter Ong”
  • Paula McDowell, “Ong and the Concept of Orality”
  • Twyla Gibson, “On the Interface: Between Media Cultures and Words”
  • Sheila J. Nayar, “Hierophany Through an Ongian Lens”
  • Jerry Harp, "’Clearest-Selvéd Spark’: Walter Ong as Evolutionary Thinker

Book Reviews

  • Mary C. Erler, Samuel Fanous and Vincent Gillespie (eds.)’s The Cambridge Companion to Medieval English Mysticism
  • Mary Ellen Lamb, Tiffany Werth’s The Fabulous Dark Cloister: Romance in England after the Reformation
  • Robert Whalen, Ryan Netzley’s Reading, Desire, and the Eucharist in Early Modern Religious Poetry
  • James Kearney, James Simpson’s Under the Hammer: Iconoclasm in the Anglo-American Tradition
  • Steven Marx, Travis de Cook and Alan Galey (eds.)’s Shakespeare, the Bible, and the Form of the Book: Contested Scriptures
  • Angelica Duran, Peter E. Medicine, John T. Shawcross, and David V. Urban (eds.)’s Visionary Milton: Essay on Prophecy and Violence
  • Mark Knight, Michael Tomko’s, British Romanticism and the Catholic Question: Religion, History, and National Identity, 1778–1829
  • Janet Todd, Laura Mooneyham White’s Jane Austen’s Anglicanism
  • Craig Woelfel, Pericles Lewis’s Religious Experience and the Modernist Novel
  • Christina Bieber Lake, John J. Han’s Wise Blood: A Reconsideration
  • Joeri Schrijvers, Tamsin Jones’s A Genealogy of Marion’s Philosophy of Religion: Apparent Darkness
  • Brett Foster, Hannibal Hamlin and Norman W. Jones (eds.)’s The King James Bible after 400 Years: Literary, Linguistic, and Cultural Influences

Volume 44.1 (Spring 2012)


  • Graham Ward, “Reading to Live: Miracle and Language”
  • Samantha K. Seal, “Miraculous History: Fictions of Text and Body in a Ritual Murder Trial”
  • Jason Crawford, “Bunyan’s Secular Allegory”
  • J. Jeffrey Franklin, “Buddhism and Modern Existential Nihilism: Jean-Paul Sartre Meets Nagarjuna”
  • Leslie E. Wingard, “As Seen Through Stained Glass: Religion, Politics, and Aesthetics in Alice Walker’s Meridian

New Directions in Religion and Literature Criticism of T. S. Eliot

Edited by Dominic Manganiello and Craig Woelfel

  • Dominic Manganiello and Craig Woelfel, eds., “New Directions in Religion and Literature Criticism of T. S. Eliot”
  • Dominic Manganiello and Craig Woelfel, “Introduction: ‘In our Beginning’”
  • Craig Woelfel, “T. S. Wliot and our Beliefs about Belief”
  • Barry Spurr, “Anglo-Catholicism and the ‘Religious Turn’”
  • Lee Oser, “Back to the Poetry”
  • Jewel Spears Brooker, “‘Our First World’: T. S. Eliot and the Edenic Imagination”
  • John Morgenstern, “The ‘Centre of Intensity’: T. S. Eliot’s Reassessment of Baudelaire in 1910-1911 Paris”
  • Hazel Atkins, “Ways of Viewing Churches in The Waste Land and ‘Little Gidding’”
  • Ben Lockerd, “‘Superficial Notions of Evolution’: Eliot’s Critique of Evolutionary Historiography”

Book Reviews

  • Sara Wall-Randell, James Kearney’s The Incarnate Text: Imagining the Book in Reformation England
  • Holly Crawford Pickett, Molly Murray’s The Poetics of Conversion in Early Modern English Literature: Verse and Change from Donne to Dryden
  • David Jasper, Jo Carruthers’s England’s Secular Scripture: Islamophobia and the Protestant Aesthetic
  • Chris Walsh, Timothy Larsen’s A People of One Book: The Bible and the Victorians
  • Bernadette Waterman Ward, Dennis Sobolev’s The Split World of Gerard Manley Hopkins: An Essay in Semiotic Phenomenology
  • John Coates, Ian Ker’s G. K. Chesterton: A Biography
  • Salwa Khoddam, Robert MacSwain and Michael Ward’s, eds., The Cambridge Companion to C. S. Lewis
  • Devin Brown, Judith Wolfe and Brendan Wolfe’s, eds., C. S. Lewis and the Church: Essays in Honour of Walter Hooper
  • Andrew Tate, Bernard Schweizer’s Hating God: The Untold Story of Misotheism
  • Anthony B. Pinn, William David Hart’s Afro-Eccentricity: Beyond the Standard Narrative of Black Religion
  • Terrence Neal Brown, David Lyle Jeffrey and Gregory Maillet’s Christianity and Literature: Philosophical Foundations and Critical Practice
  • Romana Huk, Norman Finkelstein’s On Mount Vision: Forms of the Sacred in Contemporary American Poetry

Volume 43.3 (Autumn 2011)


  • James Simpson, “No Brainer: The Early Modern Tragedy of Torture”
  • Kay Young, “Kierkegaard’s Claim of Mutuality and Its Problem of Representation”
  • James Matthew Wilson, “’_The Rock_ against Shakespeare: Stoicism and Community in T. S. Eliot”
  • Nathan Kilpatrick, “Singing a New Song from the Conqueror’s Music: Religious Hybridity in The Poisonwood Bible
  • Benjamin Mangrum, “Democracy, Justice, and Tragedy in Cormac McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men

Forum: Deceit, Desire, and the Novel Fifty Years Later—The Religious Dimension

Edited by Ann W. Astell and J. A. Jackson

  • Ann W. Astell and J. A. Jackson, eds., “Deceit, Desire, and the Novel Fifty Years Later—The Religious Dimension”
  • Ann W. Astell and J. A. Jackson, “Introduction”
  • Wolfgang Palaver, “‘Creative Renunciation’: The Spiritual Heart of René Girard’s _Deceit, Desire, and the Novel”
  • Sandor Goodhart, “Reading Religion, Literature, and the End of Desire: Mensonge Romantique et Vérité Romanesque at Fifty”
  • Benoît Chantre (trans. Trevor Cribbon Merrill), “The Steeple of Combray: From ‘Vertical’ to ‘Deviated’ Transcendence”
  • Pierpaolo Antonello, “The Novel, Deviated Transcendancy, and Modernity”
  • Robert Doran, “René Girard’s Concept of Conversion and the Via Negativa: Revisiting Deceit, Desire, and the Novel with Jean-Paul Sartre”
  • J. A. Jackson, “Freedom and Otherness: The Religious Dimension of Dostoevsky’s Notes from Underground
  • Ann W. Astell, “The Writer as Redeemed Prostitute: Girard’s Reading of Dostoevsky’s Notes from Underground
  • William A. Johnsen, “Modern Sacrifice”
  • Heather Webb, “Deceit, Desire, and Conversion in Girard and Dante”

Book Reviews

  • Maija Birenbaum, Adrienne Williams Boyarin’s Miracles of the Virgin in Medieval England: Law and Jewishness in Marian Legends
  • Sherry L. Reames, David Williams’s Saints Alive: Word, Image, and Enactment in the Lives of the Saints
  • Scott Lucas, John N. King’s Tudor Books and Readers: Materiality and the Construction of Meaning
  • Jill R. Fehleison, S. K. Barker’s Protestantism, Poetry, and Protest: The Vernacular Writings of Antoine de Chandieu (c. 1534-1591)
  • Jeanne Shami, Chanita Goodblatt’s The Christian Hebraism of Jonne Donne: Written with the Fingers of Man’s Hand
  • Jason P. Rosenblatt, Achsah Guibbory’s Christian Identity, Jews, and Israel in Seventeenth-Century England
  • Irving Massey, Sheila A. Spector’s Byron and the Jews
  • Michael Tomko, Jonathan Roberts’s Blake. Wordsworth. Religion.
  • Catherine E. Paul, Sean Pryor’s W. B. Yeats, Ezra Pound and the Poetry of Paradise
  • Gary M. Ciuba, L. Lamar Nisly’s Wingless Chickens, Bayou Chatholics, and Pilgrim Wayfarers: Constructions of Audience and Tone in O’Connor, Gautreaux, and Percy
  • Larry D. Bouchard, William Franke’s Poetry and Apocalypse: Theological Disclosures of Poetic Language
  • Sheila E. Jelen, Dan Miron’s From Continuity to Contiguity: Toward A New Jewish Literacy Thinking

Volume 43.2 (Summer 2011)


  • Joseph P. Amar, “Christianity at the Crossroads: The Legacy of Ephrem the Syrian”
  • Kevin R. West, "Julian of Norwich’s “Great Deed” and Tolkien’s Eucatastrophe
  • Felicia Bonaparte, “‘Let Other Pens Dwell on Guilt and Misery’: The Ordination of the Text and the Subversion of ‘Religion’ in Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park
  • Susan E. Colón, “‘This Twittering World’: T. S. Eliot and Acedia”
  • Andrew Hoogheem, “None of the Above: Walker Percy’s Postsecular Narrative”

Forum: “Turn It and Turn It: A Forum on Contemporary Midrash”

Edited by Alicia Ostriker

  • Alicia Ostriker, “Introduction”
  • Rivkah M. Walton, “Lilith’s Daughters, Miriam’s Chorus: Two Decades of Feminist Midrash”
  • Rabbi Jill Hammer, “Sexuality as Revelation in the Writings of Yehuda Amichai and Veronica Golos”
  • Eric Murphy Selinger, “Midrashic Poetry and Ribboni Poetics (With Special Reference to the Work of Joy Ladin and Peter Cole)”
  • Merle Feld, “Across the Jordan: The Making of a Midrashic Play”
  • Peter Pitzele, “The Midrashic Jew”
  • Norman Finkelstein, “Total Midrash”
  • Monica Osborne, “Making the Wound Visible: On Midrash and Catastrophe”
  • Rachel Barenblat, “Transformative Work: Midrash and Fanfiction”

Book Reviews

Theresa Coletti

Nicole R. Rice, Lay Piety and Religious Discipline in Middle English Literature

Denise Despres

Helen Phillips, ed., Chaucer and Religion

Jesse M. Lander

David N. Beauregard, Catholic Theology in Shakespeare’s Plays; John D. Cox, Seeming Knowledge: Shakespeare and Skeptical Faith; John Klause, Shakespeare, the Earl and the Jesuit

Sheila A. Spector

Fred Parker, The Devil as Muse: Blake, Byron, and the Adversary

David K. O’Connor

Cathy Gutierrez, Plato’s Ghost: Spiritualism in the American Renaissance

James Matthew Wilson

Timothy J. Sutton, Catholic Modernists, English Nationalists; Barry Spurr, “Anglo-Catholic in Religion”: T. S. Eliot and Christianity

Tamas Dobozy

Michael G. Brennan, Graham Greene: Fictions, Faith, and Authorship

Mark Bosco, S. J.

Mary R. Reichardt, Between Human and Divine: The Catholic Vision in Contemporary Literature

Gary Waller

David Gay and Stephen R. Reimer, eds., Locating the Past/Discovering the Present: Perspectives on Religion, Culture, and Marginality

Kenneth Womack

Wayne C. Booth, The Knowing Most Worth Doing: Essays on Pluralism, Ethics, and Religion

Volume 43.1 (Spring 2011)


  • William Franke, “Homer’s Musings and the Divine Muse: Epic Song as Invention and as Revelation”
  • Maurice Hunt, “A New Taxonomy of Shakespeare’s Pagan Plays”
  • Roger E. Moore, “The Hidden History of Northanger Abbey: Jane Austen and the Dissolution of the Monasteries”
  • David Crowe, “Young Man Angstrom: Identity Crisis and the Work of Love in Rabbit, Run”
  • Lachlan Brown, “‘A Name I Never Heard Till Now’: Reading Kevin Hart’s ‘Peniel’”

Forum: “The Place of Islam in Contemporary European Literature”

Edited by Catherine Perry and Alison Rice

  • Anthony Monta, “Introduction: The Place of Islam in Contemporary European Literature”
  • Alek Baylee Toumi, “Literature and Power: Muslims vs. Islamists”
  • Hafid Gafaïti, “Islam and the Administration of Aesthetics”
  • Robin Yassin-Kassab, “Islam and the Process of Writing”
  • Laila Lalami, “Writing Muslims”
  • Muneeza Shamsie, “South Asian Muslims: Fiction and Poetry in English”
  • Salim Bachi, “The Place of Islam in Literature: Geography, Memory, and Exile”
  • Azouz Begag, “When I Write, it is I that I Write!”
  • Malika Mokeddem, “Geography of an Exile”
  • Leïla Sebbar, “I Write in Arabic, a Foreign Language in our Home, I Write of God, a Foreigner in Our Home’”
  • Youssef Seddik, “The Nowhere of Prose and Fiction”

Book Reviews

Gregory B. Stone

E.D. Karampetsos, Dante and Byzantium

Micheline White

Michele Osherow, Biblical Women’s Voices in Early Modern England

Karen Clausen-Brown

Ryan J. Stark, Rhetoric, Science, and Magic in Seventeenth-Century England

Essaka Joshua

Sarah Houghton-Walker, John Clare’s Religion

Qiana J. Whitted

Katherine Clay Bassard, Transforming Scriptures: African American Women Writers and the Bible

David Borgmeyer

Judith Deutsch Kornblatt, Divine Sophia: The Wisdom Writings of Vladimir Solovyov, Including Annotated Translations by Boris Jakim, Judith Deutch Kornblatt, and Laury Magnus

Bainard Cowan

Robert Alter, Pen of Iron: American Prose and the King James Bible

Shira Wolosky

Christopher J. Knight, Omissions are not Accidents: Modern Apophaticism from Henry James to Jacques Derrida

Priscilla A. Hayden-Roy

Barry Stephenson, Veneration and Revolt: Hermann Hesse and Swabian Pietism

Beverly Matiko

Colleen Warren, Annie Dillard and the Word Made Flesh: An Incarnational Theory of Language

Everett Hamner

Amy Hungerford, Postmodern Belief: American Literature and Religion since 1960

Volume 42.3 (Autumn 2010)


  • Glenn Clark, “Zeal or Vengeance?: Ministerial Emotion, Performance, and Pastoral Figures in Marston and Shakespeare”
  • Wesley Kort, “Between Conrad’s London and Sacred Space”
  • James Matthew Wilson, “Style and Substance: T.S. Eliot, Jacques Maritain, and Neo-Thomism”
  • Karl Plank, “Why Dead Men Don’t Praise God: A Post-Holocaust Reckoning in the Poetry of Glatstein and Osherow”
  • Peter Matthews Wright, "After Smith: Romancing the Text When ‘Maps Are All We Possess’”

Forum: “Poetry and Devotion”

Edited by Hannibal Hamlin

  • Gary Kuchar, “Prayer Terminable and Interminable: George Herbert and the Art of Estrangement”
  • Carl Phillips, “As for a Poetry of Devotion”
  • Peter S. Hawkins, "Dante’s Poema Sacro: No Either/Or
  • Andrew Hudgins, “Some Paradoxes of Religious Poetry”
  • Manijeh Mannani, “The Metaphysics of the Heart in the Sufi Poetry of Rumi”
  • Alicia Ostriker, “Without Commandments: One Poet’s Quest for the Beloved”
  • Catherine L. Phillips, “Poetry and Prayer in the Work of Gerard Manley Hopkins”
  • Roger Ferlo, “Curing the Ground”
  • Erica Longfellow, “Poetry, the Self, and Prayer”
  • Alison Shell, “Hymns and Prosopopoeia: Samuel Crossman’s ‘My Song is Love Unknown’”
  • John Felstiner, “‘Apostate Only am I True’: Paul Celan’s Poetry and his Devotion”

Book Reviews

Kevin Kalish

Frances Young, Lewis Ayres, and Andrew Louth, eds., The Cambridge History of Early Christian Literature

Barbara Newman

Christine F. Cooper-Rompato, The Gift of Tongues: Women’s Xenoglossia in the Later Middle Ages

Genelle Gertz

Kathryn Kerby-Fulton, ed., Women and the Divine in Literature before 1700: Essays in Memory of Margot Louis

Anne Lake Prescott

Gregory Kneidel, Rethinking the Turn to Religion in Early Modern English Literature: The Poetics of All Believers

Daniel Novak

Heidi Kaufman, English Origins, Jewish Discourse, and the Nineteenth-Century British Novel: Reflections on a Nested Nation

Henry McDonald

Donald R. Wehrs and David P. Haney, eds., Levinas and Nineteenth-Century Literature: Ethics and Otherness from Romanticism through Realism

Tom Marullo

Alexander Boot, God and Man According to Tolstoy

L. Lamar Nisly

Douglas Alan Walrath, Displacing the Divine: The Minister in the Mirror of American Fiction

Leslie Wingard

Qiana J. Whitted, “A God of Justice?”: The Problem of Evil in Twentieth-Century Black Literature

Andrew Hoogheem

Virgil Nemoianu, Postmodernism and Cultural Identities: Conflicts and Coexistence

David Jasper

John C. Waldmeir, Cathedrals of Bone: The Role of the Body in Contemporary Catholic Literature

Bradley Pickens

David Jasper, The Sacred Body: Asceticism in Religion, Literature, Art, and Culture

Volume 42.1-2 (Spring-Summer 2010)


  • Introduction: Kathryn Kerby-Fulton, University of Notre Dame, “‘Something Fearful’: Medievalist Scholars on the ‘Religious Turn’”

PART I, Three Abrahamic Dialogues

  • Adrienne Williams Boyarin, “Desire for Religion: Mary, a Murder Libel, a Jewish Friar, and Me”
  • Daniel Boyarin, “Nostalgia for Christianity: Getting Medieval Again”
  • Jonathan Juilfs, “‘Reading the Bible Differently’: Appropriations of Biblical Authority in an Heretical Mystical Text, Marguerite Porete’s The Mirror of Simple Souls
  • Denise L. Despres, “Sacramentals and Ghostly Sights”
  • Asma Afsaruddin, “Literature, Scholarship, and Piety: Negotiating Gender and Authority in the Medieval Muslim World”
  • Hibba Abugideiri, “Revisiting the Islamic Past, Deconstructing Male Authority: The Project of Islamic Feminism”

PART II, Not Just a Museum: Medieval Texts and Modern Belief

  • James Simpson, “‘Not Just a Museum’? Not so Fast”
  • Nicole Klan, “Margery Kempe and Pentecostalism”
  • Susan Einbinder, “Meir Alguades: History, Empathy, and Martyrdom”
  • Margot Fassler, “History and Practice: The Opening of Hildegard’s Scivias in a Liturgical Framework”
  • Amira El-Azhary Sonbol, “Shari’ Court Records and Fiqh as Sources of Women’s History”

PART III, The Elephant in the Room

  • Dyan Elliott, “Historical Faith/Historian’s Faith”
  • Richard Kieckhefer, “Today’s Shocks, Yesterday’s Conventions”
  • Barbara Newman, “Coming Out of the (Sacristy) Closet”
  • Suzanne Conklin Akbari, “The Object of Devotion: Fundamentalist Perspectives on the Medieval Past”

Volume 41.3 (Autumn 2009)


  • Mary Trull, “The Impossible Gift: The Sacrifice of Praise in Anne Lock’s ‘A Meditation of a Penitent Sinner’”
  • Joshua Pederson, “Gnostic Mantra: Reading Religious Syncretism in Allen Ginsberg’s ‘Plutonian Ode’”
  • Thomas Haddox, “Catholicism for ‘Really Intelligent People’: The Rhetoric of Muriel Spark’s Reality and Dreams”

Forum: “Locating the Postsecular”

Edited by Michael Kaufmann

  • Mągdaleńa Maczynska, “Toward a Postsecular Literary Criticism: Examining Ritual Gestures in Zadie Smith’s Autograph Man
  • Kathryn Ludwig, “Don DeLillo’s Underworld and the Postsecular in Contemporary Fiction”
  • Everett Hamner, “Determined Agency: A Postsecular Proposal for Religion and Literature—And Science”
  • Lee Morrissey, “Literature and the Postsecular: Paradise Lost
  • Laura Levitt, “What is Religion, Anyway? Rereading the Postsecular from an American Jewish Perspective”
  • David Harrington Watt, “Losing Our Religion”

Review Essay

  • Michael Tomko, “The Season of the Secular: Revisiting the Secularization Thesis in Nineteenth-Century Studies”

Book Reviews

Christiane Gruber

Frederick Colby, Narrating Muhammad’s Night Journey: Tracing the Developement of the Ibn ’Abbas Ascension Discourse

Donald Stump

Stephen Hamrick, The Catholic Imaginary and the Cults of Elizabeth, 1558-1582

Elizabeth Williamson

Sean Benson, Shakespeare Resurrection: The Art of Almost Raising the Dead

Alan D. Chalmers

Todd C. Baker, ed., Swift as Priest and Satirist

James Finn Cotter

Joseph J Feeney, S.J. The Playfulness of Gerard Manley Hopkins

Elizabeth Chang

J. Jeffrey Franklin, The Lotus and the Lion: Buddhism and the British Empire

Lee Oser

William Oddie, Chesterton and the Romance of Orthodoxy: The Making of GKC 1874-1908

Mark Scroggins

Maeera Y. Shreiber, Singing in a Strange Land: A Jewish American Poetics

Paul J. Contino

Robert Lundin, Believing Again: Doubt and Faith in a Secular Age

Henry Hart

John F. Desmond, Gravity and Grace: Seamus Heaney and the Force of Light

Jessica Martin

Marcia Kupfer, ed., The Passion Story: From Visual Representation to Social Drama

Volume 41.2 (Summer 2009)


  • Susannah Brietz Monta, “Introduction”

Configuring the Literary and the Religious

  • Larry D. Bouchard, “Religion and Literature: Four Theses and More”
  • Graham Ward, “Why Literature Can Never Be Entirely Secular”
  • Giuseppe Mazzotta, “Literature and Religion: The Error of Narcissus”
  • Fatemeh Keshavarz, “Sewn Together with the Thread of the Sun: Religion and Literature as a Discipline”
  • Hafid Gafaiti, “Notes on Islam and Literature”
  • Lori Branch, “Metanoia: An Eastern Christian Vision for the Study of Religion and Literature”

Literature and Theology

  • Cleo McNelly Kearns, “Religion, Literature, and Theology: Potentials and Problems”
  • William Franke, “Beyond the Limits of Reason Alone: A Critical Approach to the Religious Inspiration of Literature”
  • Vittorio Montemaggi, “Love, Forgiveness, and Meaning: On the Relationship Between Theological and Literary Reflection”
  • Olivier-Thomas Venard, “‘Theology and Literature’: What Is It About?”

Fields, Disciplines, and Institutions

  • Susan M. Felch, “Cautionary Tales and Crisscrossing Paths”
  • Wesley A. Kort, “What, After All, Is ‘Religion and Literature’?”
  • Elisabeth Jay, “What Kind of Discipline Is Offered in the Study of Theology/Religion and Literature?”
  • David Jasper, “A Study of Literature Religion: A British Perspective”
  • Eric Ziolkowski, “The Palace, Not the Plans: Some Thoughts on Religion and Literature”

Histories and Futures

  • Brenda Deen Schildgen, “Poetry and Theology in the Fourteenth Century”
  • Kevin Hart, “‘Religion and Literature’?”
  • Darren J. N. Middleton, “Religion and Literature’s Unfinished Story”
  • Dominic Manganiello, “Ad Fontes: The Vine and the Green Branch”
  • Ken Jackson, “Transcendence Hunting”

Reflections on Praxis

  • Andrew W. Hass, “Intending Metaphors: Living and Working ‘Religion and Literature’”
  • Peter S. Hawkins, “Laboring in the Vineyard: A Career in Retrospective”
  • Theodore Ziolkowski, “Forum on Religion and Literature: A Mildly Polemical Position Statement”

Sacred Texts

  • Stephen Prickett, “Narrative, Theology, and Literature”
  • Lesleigh Cushing Stahlberg, “Paradise Found”
  • Shawkat M. Toorawa, “Hapless Hapaxes and Luckless Rhymes: The Qur’an as Literature”

Possible Canons

  • Susan Mizruchi, “Loose Canons and Representative Works in Religion and Literature”
  • Paul J. Contino, “William Lynch’s Christ and Apollo and the Field of Religion and Literature”

Religion, Literature, and Literary-Historical Fields

  • Julia Reinhard Lupton, “Renaissance Profanations: Religion and Literature in the Age of Agamben”
  • Cristanne Miller, “Religion, History, and Modernisms Protest Against the ‘Uncompanionable Drawl // Of Certitude’”
  • Hank Lazer, “Engaging Religion and Literature”
  • Shakir Mustafa, “Defending the Faith: Islam in Post 9/11 Anglophone Fiction”
  • Roger Lundin, “Prospects and Retrospects: Religion and Literature in an American Context”
  • Laura Sue Fuderer and Alan Krieger, “Selected Library Resources for Religion and Literature: An Annotated Bibliography”

Volume 41.1 (Spring 2009)


  • David M. Robinson, “‘For Largest Liberty’: Emerson, Natural Religion, and the Antislavery Crisis”
  • Shira Wolosky, “Emerson’s Figural Religion: From Poetics to Politics”
  • Mark S. Cladis, “Religion, Democracy, and Virtue: Emerson and the Journey’s End”
  • Johannes Voelz, “Emerson and the Sociality of Inspiration”
  • Paul Kane, “Emerson and Hafiz: The Figure of the Religious Poet”

Book Reviews

Mark Bosco, S.J.

Darren J. N. Middleton, Theology after Reading: Christian Imagination and the Power of Fiction

Timothy Morton

Alister E. McGrath, The Open Secret: A New Vision for Natural Theology

Wendy Love Anderson

Denis Searby, trans., Bridget Morris, intro. and notes, The Revelations of St. Birgitta of Sweden, Volume 2, Liber Caelestis, Books IV-V

Emily Steiner

Andrew Cole, Literature and Heresy in the Age of Chaucer

Malcolm Richardson

Katherine Zieman, Singing the New Song: Literacy and Liturgy in Late Medieval England

Nancy Bradley Warren

Clare M. Waters, Virgins and Scholars: A Fifteenth-Century Compilation of the Lives of John the Baptist, John the Evangelist, Jerome, and Katherine of Alexandria

Gregory Kneidel

Ramie Targoff, John Donne, Body and Soul

Raymond B. Waddington

Reid Barbour and Claire Preston, eds., Thomas Browne: The World Proposed

David Ainsworth

John T. Shawcross, The Development of Milton’s Thought: Law, Government, and Religion
Gordon Campbell and Thomas N. Corns, John Milton: Life, Work, and Thought

Sara L. Maurer

William R. McKelvy, The English Cult of Literature: Devoted Readers, 1774-1880

Ksana Blank

Rowan Williams, Dostoevsky: Language, Faith, and Fiction

Zachary Hutchins

Ilana Pardes, Melville’s Bibles

Adam Schwartz

Paul Robichaud, Making the Past Present: David Jones, the Middle Ages, and Modernism

Craig B. Woelfel

Theodore Ziolkowski, Modes of Faith: Secular Surrogates for Lost Religious Belief

Jon Vickery

Michael Ward, Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis

George S. Lensing

Laurel Snow Corelle, A Poet’s High Argument: Elizabeth Bishop and Christianity

Everett Hamner

David J. Leigh, S.J., Apocalyptic Patterns in Twentieth-Century Fiction

Volume 40.3 (Autumn 2008)


  • John D. Cox, “Shakespeare and the Ethics of Friendship”
  • Mustansir Mir, “Some Figures of Speech in the Qur’an”
  • Neta Stahl, “‘Uri Zvi Before the Cross’: The Figure of Jesus in the Poetry of Uri Zvi Greenberg”

Book Reviews

Daniel R. Gibbons

Timothy Rosendale, Liturgy and Literature in the Making of Protestant England

Chris R. Vanden Bossche

Patrick R. O’Malley, Catholicism, Sexual Deviances, and Victorian Gothic Culture

Mark Cumming

Paul E. Kerry and Jesse S. Crisler, ed., Literature and Belief: Thomas Carlyle

Kevin Hart

Kenneth Paul Kramer, Redeeming Time: T.S. Eliot’s “Four Quartets”

John Cox

Scott L. Newstok, Kenneth Burke on Shakespeare

Daniel McInerny

Marian E. Crowe, Aiming at Heaven, Getting the Earth: The English Catholic Novel Today

Roger Lundin

Tracy Fessenden, Culture and Redemption: Religion, the Secular, and American Literature

William Christopher Hackett

William Franke, ed., On What Cannot Be Said: Apophatic Discourses in Philosophy, Religion, Literature and the Arts: Volume One, Classical Formulations and On What Cannot Be Said: Apophatic Discourses in Philosophy, Religion, Literature, and the Arts: Volume Two, Modern and Contemporary Transformations

Volume 40.2 (Summer 2008)


  • Lisa Gasbarrone, “Restoring the Sacred in Les Miserables
  • Larry D. Bouchard, “Eliza and Rita, Paul and Luke: The Eclipse and Kenosis of Integrity in Pygmalion, Educating Rita, and Six Degrees of Separation
  • Theodore Ziolkowski, “The Veil as Metaphor and Myth”

Book Reviews

Donald G. Marshall

Robert P. Kennedy, Kim Paffenroth, and John Doody, eds., Augustine and Literature

David J. Leigh, S.J.

Daniel E. White, Early Romanticism and Religious Dissent

Collin Meissner

Hazel Hutchinson, Seeing and Believing: Henry James and the Spiritual World

Rachel Salmon Deshen

Lesley Higgins, ed., The Collected Works of Gerard Manley Hopkins, Volume 1V: Oxford Essays and Notes

Brian Ingraffia

Roger Lundin, ed., There Before Us: Religion, Literature, and Culture from Emerson to Wendell Berry

Anita Houck

Jacqueline Bussie, The Laughter of the Oppressed: Ethical and Theological Resistance in Wiesel, Morrison, and Endo

Book Notices

Benjamin Fischer

Ann C. Colley, Robert Louis Stevenson and the Colonial Imagination

Volume 40.1 (Spring 2008)


  • Kate Rigby, “Introduction: ‘Lifting our eyes from the page’: Religion, Literature, and the Earth”
  • John Sitter, “Eighteenth-Century Ecological Poetry and Ecotheology”
  • Mark Lussier, “Self-Annihilation/Inner Revolution: Blake’s Milton, Buddhism, and Ecocriticism”
  • Deborah Slicer, “Quiet…Please”
  • Mark Cladis, “Stone-Throwers with Excellent Aim: Waking-up to an Environmental Democratic Vision”
  • Deborah Bird Rose, “Dreaming Ecology ~ Beyond the Between”

Book Reviews

Chris Coughran

Timothy Morton, Ecology Without Nature: Rethinking Environmental Aesthetics

Anne Elvey

Laurel Kerns and Catherine Keller, Ecospirit: Religions and Philosophies for the Earth