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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Published 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 on Nicole R. Rice's Lay Piety and Religious Discipline in Middle English Literature
Denise Despres on ed Helen Phillips's Chaucer and Religion
Jesse M. Lander on David N. Beauregard's Catholic Theology in Shakespeare’s Plays; John D. Cox's Seeming Knowledge: Shakespeare and Skeptical Faith; John Klause's Shakespeare, the Earl and the Jesuit
Sheila A. Spector on Fred Parker's The Devil as Muse: Blake, Byron, and the Adversary
David K. O’Connor on Cathy Gutierrez's Plato’s Ghost: Spiritualism in the American Renaissance
James Matthew Wilson on Timothy J. Sutton's Catholic Modernists, English Nationalists; Barry Spurr's “Anglo-Catholic in Religion”: T. S. Eliot and Christianity
Tamas Dobozy on Michael G. Brennan's Graham Greene: Fictions, Faith, and Authorship
Mark Bosco, S. J., on Mary R. Reichardt's Between Human and Divine: The Catholic Vision in Contemporary Literature
Gary Waller on eds. David Gay and Stephen R. Reimer's Locating the Past/Discovering the Present: Perspectives on Religion, Culture, and Marginality
Kenneth Womack on Wayne C. Booth's The Knowing Most Worth Doing: Essays on Pluralism, Ethics, and Religion


Published 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 on E.D. Karampetsos's Dante and Byzantium
Micheline White on Michele Osherow's Biblical Women’s Voices in Early Modern England
Karen Clausen-Brown on Ryan J. Stark's Rhetoric, Science, and Magic in Seventeenth-Century England
Essaka Joshua on Sarah Houghton-Walker's John Clare’s Religion
Qiana J. Whitted on Katherine Clay Bassard's Transforming Scriptures: African American Women Writers and the Bible
David Borgmeyer on Judith Deutsch Kornblatt's Divine Sophia: The Wisdom Writings of Vladimir Solovyov, Including Annotated Translations by Boris Jakim, Judith Deutch Kornblatt, and Laury Magnus
Bainard Cowan on Robert Alter's Pen of Iron: American Prose and the King James Bible
Shira Wolosky on Christopher J. Knight's Omissions are not Accidents: Modern Apophaticism from Henry James to Jacques Derrida
Priscilla A. Hayden-Roy on Barry Stephenson's Veneration and Revolt: Hermann Hesse and Swabian Pietism
Beverly Matiko on Colleen Warren's Annie Dillard and the Word Made Flesh: An Incarnational Theory of Language
Everett Hamner on Amy Hungerford's Postmodern Belief: American Literature and Religion since 1960


Published 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 on eds. Frances Young, Lewis Ayres, and Andrew Louth's The Cambridge History of Early Christian Literature
Barbara Newman on Christine F. Cooper-Rompato's The Gift of Tongues: Women’s Xenoglossia in the Later Middle Ages
Genelle Gertz on ed. Kathryn Kerby-Fulton's Women and the Divine in Literature before 1700: Essays in Memory of Margot Louis
Anne Lake Prescott on Gregory Kneidel's Rethinking the Turn to Religion in Early Modern English Literature: The Poetics of All Believers
Daniel Novak on Heidi Kaufman's English Origins, Jewish Discourse, and the Nineteenth-Century British Novel: Reflections on a Nested Nation
Henry McDonald on eds. Donald R. Wehrs and David P. Haney's Levinas and Nineteenth-Century Literature: Ethics and Otherness from Romanticism through Realism
Tom Marullo on Alexander Boot's God and Man According to Tolstoy
L. Lamar Nisly on Douglas Alan Walrath's Displacing the Divine: The Minister in the Mirror of American Fiction
Leslie Wingard on Qiana J. Whitted's “A God of Justice?”: The Problem of Evil in Twentieth-Century Black Literature
Andrew Hoogheem on Virgil Nemoianu's Postmodernism and Cultural Identities: Conflicts and Coexistence
David Jasper on John C. Waldmeir's Cathedrals of Bone: The Role of the Body in Contemporary Catholic Literature
Bradley Pickens on David Jasper's The Sacred Body: Asceticism in Religion, Literature, Art, and Culture


Published Spring-Summer 2010



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”


Published 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 on Frederick Colby's Narrating Muhammad’s Night Journey: Tracing the Developement of the Ibn ’Abbas Ascension Discourse
Donald Stump on Stephen Hamrick's The Catholic Imaginary and the Cults of Elizabeth, 1558-1582
Elizabeth Williamson on Sean Benson's Shakespeare Resurrection: The Art of Almost Raising the Dead
Alan D. Chalmers on ed. Todd C. Baker's Swift as Priest and Satirist
James Finn Cotter on Joseph J Feeney, S.J.'s The Playfulness of Gerard Manley Hopkins
Elizabeth Chang on J. Jeffrey Franklin's The Lotus and the Lion: Buddhism and the British Empire
Lee Oser on William Oddie's Chesterton and the Romance of Orthodoxy: The Making of GKC 1874-1908
Mark Scroggins on Maeera Y. Shreiber's Singing in a Strange Land: A Jewish American Poetics
Paul J. Contino on Robert Lundin's Believing Again: Doubt and Faith in a Secular Age
Henry Hart on John F. Desmond's Gravity and Grace: Seamus Heaney and the Force of Light
Jessica Martin on ed. Marcia Kupfer's The Passion Story: From Visual Representation to Social Drama


Published 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”


Published 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., on Darren J. N. Middleton's Theology after Reading: Christian Imagination and the Power of Fiction
Timothy Morton on Alister E. McGrath's The Open Secret: A New Vision for Natural Theology
Wendy Love Anderson on trans. Denis Searby and intro. and notes Bridget Morris's The Revelations of St. Birgitta of Sweden, Volume 2, Liber Caelestis, Books IV-V
Emily Steiner on Andrew Cole's Literature and Heresy in the Age of Chaucer
Malcolm Richardson on Katherine Zieman's Singing the New Song: Literacy and Liturgy in Late Medieval England
Nancy Bradley Warren on Clare M. Waters's Virgins and Scholars: A Fifteenth-Century Compilation of the Lives of John the Baptist, John the Evangelist, Jerome, and Katherine of Alexandria
Gregory Kneidel on Ramie Targoff's John Donne, Body and Soul
Raymond B. Waddington on eds. Reid Barbour and Claire Preston Thomas Browne: The World Proposed
David Ainsworth on John T. Shawcross's The Development of Milton’s Thought: Law, Government, and Religion; Gordon Campbell and Thomas N. Corns's John Milton: Life, Work, and Thought
Sara L. Maurer on William R. McKelvy's The English Cult of Literature: Devoted Readers, 1774-1880
Ksana Blank on Rowan Williams's Dostoevsky: Language, Faith, and Fiction
Zachary Hutchins on Ilana Pardes's Melville’s Bibles
Adam Schwartz on Paul Robichaud 's Making the Past Present: David Jones, the Middle Ages, and Modernism
Craig B. Woelfel on Theodore Ziolkowski's Modes of Faith: Secular Surrogates for Lost Religious Belief
Jon Vickery on Michael Ward's Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis
George S. Lensing on Laurel Snow Corelle's A Poet’s High Argument: Elizabeth Bishop and Christianity
Everett Hamner on David J. Leigh, S.J.'s Apocalyptic Patterns in Twentieth-Century Fiction


Published 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 on Timothy Rosendale's Liturgy and Literature in the Making of Protestant England
Chris R. Vanden Bossche on Patrick R. O’Malley's Catholicism, Sexual Deviances, and Victorian Gothic Culture
Mark Cumming on Paul E. Kerry and ed. Jesse S. Crisler's Literature and Belief: Thomas Carlyle
Kevin Hart on Kenneth Paul Kramer's Redeeming Time: T.S. Eliot’s “Four Quartets”
John Cox on Scott L. Newstok's Kenneth Burke on Shakespeare
Daniel McInerny on Marian E. Crowe's Aiming at Heaven, Getting the Earth: The English Catholic Novel Today
Roger Lundin on Tracy Fessenden's Culture and Redemption: Religion, the Secular, and American Literature
William Christopher Hackett on ed. William Franke's 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


Published 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 PygmalionEducating Rita, and Six Degrees of Separation
Theodore Ziolkowski, “The Veil as Metaphor and Myth”

Book Reviews

Donald G. Marshall on Robert P. Kennedy's eds. Kim Paffenroth, and John Doody's Augustine and Literature
David J. Leigh, S.J., on Daniel E. White's Early Romanticism and Religious Dissent
Collin Meissner on Hazel Hutchinson's Seeing and Believing: Henry James and the Spiritual World
Rachel Salmon Deshen on ed. Lesley Higgins's The Collected Works of Gerard Manley Hopkins, Volume 1V: Oxford Essays and Notes
Brian Ingraffia on ed. Roger Lundin's There Before Us: Religion, Literature, and Culture from Emerson to Wendell Berry
Anita Houck on Jacqueline Bussie's The Laughter of the Oppressed: Ethical and Theological Resistance in Wiesel, Morrison, and Endo

Book Notices

Benjamin Fischer on Ann C. Colley's Robert Louis Stevenson and the Colonial Imagination


Published 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 on Timothy Morton's Ecology Without Nature: Rethinking Environmental Aesthetics
Anne Elvey on Laurel Kerns and Catherine Keller's Ecospirit: Religions and Philosophies for the Earth