Department of English
Research and Teaching Interests
Religion & Literature
Specializations: African Literature; Literary Theory; Religion & Literature; Philosophy and Literature, History of Ideas; British, American, and European Romanticism
Scholarship: Author of The Staircase of a Patron: Sierra Leone and the United Brethren in Christ (Emeth Press, forthcoming 2011), Religious Feeling and Religious Commitment in Faulkner, Dostoyevsky, Werfel, and Bernanos (Garland, 1988). My essays have appeared in Religion and Literature, International Journal of Philosophical Studies, and International Philosophical Quarterly.
Recent or new topical courses: “Revolution, Religion, and Romanticism in Blake, Keats, and Wordsworth”; “William Blake”; “Politics & Society in West African Literature”; and “Theories of the Human Imagination.”
Senior project interests: With a broad background in comparative literature and comparative studies, I am especially interested in topics which cross different fields and national literary traditions: projects that relate literature to history, culture, politics, religion, and/or philosophy; projects focusing on literary theory; projects exploring how different cultures meet through literature; projects that explore an author’s philosophical, religious, or ideological views. I am not limited to any one literary era, but the one with which I am most engaged is Romanticism broadly conceived: from Blake and Goethe through Novalis, Emerson, Melville, Whitman, Wordsworth, Keats, Coleridge, and Hopkins. I am also very interested in the history of the novel and the history of religious poetry.