Research InterestsRestoration & 18th-Century British Literature; Religion & Secularism; Literary Theory & Theology
My scholarship focuses on the British long 18th century but has ranged from the 4th-century Sayings of the Desert Fathers to the Twilight saga. Across my work, I am interested in thinking critically about secularism as an ideology and in finding fresh language to speak about religion in all its breadth and complexity as we encounter it in literature, the world today, and personal experience. My contention is that a thorough-going critique of the secular/religious binary produced in the Enlightenment upends our conventional understandings of both religion and secularity, enabling us to grapple with uncertainty, interpretation, and faith in new ways that are distinctively literary and postsecular.
Monographs: Rituals of Spontaneity: Sentiment and Secularism from Free Prayer to Wordsworth (Christianity & Literature Book of the Year 2007); Postsecular Reason: An Anti-Manifesto (in progress).