Scholarship

SELECTED ACADEMIC WRITINGS ON POETRY, CRITICISM, AND RELIGION AND LITERATURE

mother of the wire fence

Book

Mother of the Wire Fence: Inside and Outside the Holocaust (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1994). A study of holocaust hermeneutics treating among other works, poetry of Dan Pagis, Simcha Bunem Shayevitsch, Y. Katzenelson, and Michael Martin.

Articles

“Decentering the Holocaust: What Bezmozgis and Englander Are Talking About,” Religion & Literature 48/2 (2016): 133-53.

“Why Dead Men Don’t Praise God: A Post-Holocaust Reckoning in the Poetry of Glatshteyn and Osherow,” Religion & Literature 42/3 (Autumn 2010): 75-91 (why dead men don’t praise god).

“By the Waters of a Death Camp: An Intertextual Reading of Psalm 137,” Journal of Literature and Theology 22 (June 2008): 180-194 (By The Waters Of A Death Camp).

“Ascent to Darker Hills: Psalm 121 and its Poetic Revision,” in Journal of Literature and Theology 11/2 (1997): 152-167 (Ascent to Darker Hills).

“Scripture in a Sealed Railway-Car: A Poem of Dan Pagis,” in Journal of Literature and Theology 7/4 (1993): 354-364 (Scripture In A Sealed Railway-Car).

“Unbroken Trains: Reflections on Michael Martin’s Approaching History,” in Shenandoah 43/2 (1993): 87-100.

“Thomas Merton and Hannah Arendt: Contemplation after Eichmann,” in The Merton Annual 3 (1990): 121-150 (Thomas Merton and Hannah Arendt).

Reviews

“With Faces Drifting Off to the War,” a review of Lee Sharkey, Walking Backwards (Tupelo Press, 2016), in Consequence (March 2017): Consequence

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