religion and literature, the Bible, the contemporary novel, and trauma theory


BA, English (Honors), University of Michigan, 2000
Ph.D, Religion and Literature, Boston University, 2008



Sin Sick: Moral Injury in Literature.  Cornell University Press, forthcoming February 2021.

The Forsaken Son: Child Murder and Atonement in Modern American Fiction.  Northwestern University Press, 2016.

Articles and Book Chapters

“Cognitive Approaches to Trauma and Literature.”  Routledge Companion to Literature and Trauma.  Eds. Colin Davis and Hanna Meretoja.  Routledge, forthcoming 2020.

“Toward a Literary Theory of Moral Injury.”  Narrative.  January 2020.

“Dangerous God, Sacred Work: Ned Cobb’s Theology.”  Religion and Literature.  Fall 2019.

“Trauma and Narrative.”  Cambridge Critical Concepts: Trauma and Literature.  Ed. Roger Kurtz.  Cambridge University Press, 2018.

“Speak, Trauma: Toward a Revised Understanding of Literary Trauma Theory.”  Narrative.  Fall 2014.  Winner of the 2014 James Phelan Award, designating the best essay of the year in Narrative, the journal of the International Society for the Study of Narrative.

“The Writer as Dervish: Sufism and Poetry in Orhan Pamuk.”  Religion and Literature.  Fall 2014.

“Signifying Moses to Death: Hurston and Reed, Disowning Exodus.”  Twentieth-Century Literature.  Fall 2012.

“Gnostic Mantra: Reading Religious Syncretism in Ginsberg’s ‘Plutonian Ode’.” Religion and Literature.  Spring-Summer 2010.

“The Gospel of Thomas (Pynchon): Abandoning Eschatology in Gravity’s Rainbow.”  Religion and the Arts.  Spring 2010.

“’More Life’ and More: Harold Bloom, the J Writer, and the Archaic Judaism of Angels in America.” Contemporary Literature.  Fall 2009.

“Building the Aural Stage: Beckett’s Embers and Visual Radio.”  In Making the Stage: Essays on the Changing Concept of Theatre, Drama, and Performance.  Ann C. Hall, editor.  Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009.

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