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Edited Books

Transcendence, Immanence, and Intercultural Philosophy

Edited by Nahum Brown and William Franke. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Articles and Essays

(In press or under contract and awaiting publication)
121. “An Apophatic Approach to the Impasse of Transcendence versus Immanence”

Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy, forthcoming in 2017
120. “Paul Celan, Dante, and the Woundedness of Language as our Common Bond”

Compar(a)ison: An International Journal of Comparative Literature

Special Issue on Celan, edited by Michael Jacob

119. “Religion and the Limits of Representation”

The Year’s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory

(Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017)

Co-authored with Chance Woods

118. “The Ethical Import of (Negative) Theology in Intercultural Dialogue: Eine Ausseinandersetzung mit François Jullien,” Ethik zwischen Vernunft und Glaube. Brennpunkte und Gegenwartsfragen im interkulturellen Diskurs [Transcending Boundaries. Practical Philosophy from Intercultural

Perspectives], ed. Walter Schweidler (Eichstätt/Ingoldstadt: Academia Verlag, 2015), series: West-östliche Denkwege
117. “Augustine’s Discovery of Reading as Revelation: Conversion by the Book”

In The Confessions of Augustine, Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism

(Farmington Hills, Michigan: Gale, Cengage Learning)

[Reprinted from The Revelation of Imagination (Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2015), chapter 4 (subsection IV: Conversion by the Book), pp. 267-282]

116. “Dante’s Theology and Contemporary Thought: Recovering Transcendence?”

Dante’s Theology, Tantur Institute, Jerusalem,

Eds. Vittorio Montemaggi, Anne Leone, Matthew Traherne, and Christian Moevs

115. “Unsayability and the Promise of Salvation:

Apophatics, Literary Representation, and the World to Come”

Ewiges Leben. Ende oder Umbau einer Erlösungsreligion? eds. Günther Thomas and Markus Höfner,

Religion und Aufklärung series (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2015) forthcoming
114. “Between Ethics and Mysticism: Dante’s God-Trauma as Levinasian Relation to the Other”

Routledge Companion to Literature and Trauma, ed. David Miller, forthcoming

113. “World Literature and the Encounter with the Other: A Means or a Menace?”

What Is World Literature? Tension between the Local and the Universal

Eds. David Damrosch and Longxi Zhang (Netherlands: Brill, 2016)

112. “Classical Chinese Thought and the Sense of Transcendence”

Transcendence, Immanence, and Intercultural Philosophy

Eds. Nahum Brown and William Franke (New York: Palgrave, 2016), pp. 35-66

111. “Equivocations of ‘Transcendence’: Responses to Roger Ames”

Transcendence, Immanence, and Intercultural Philosophy

Eds. Nahum Brown and William Franke (New York: Palgrave, 2016), pp. 67-78

110. “Nothingness and the Aspiration to Universality in the Poetic ‘Making’ of Sense:

An Essay in Comparative East-West Poetics”

Asian Philosophy: An International Journal of the Philosophical Traditions of the East 26/3 (2016): 241-64
109. “Poetry, Prophecy, and Revelation”

Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion

Ed. John Barton (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016)

(, 1-25
108. “The Philosopher or the Sage: Apophaticism in Europe and China”

In Wisdom and Philosophy: Contemporary and Comparative Approaches

Eds. Hans-Georg Moeller and Andrew Whitehead

(London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016), pp. 55-73

107. “Saint Paul Among the Theorists: A Genealogy of the New Universalism”

Routledge Companion to Literature and Religion, ed. Mark Knight

(New York: Routledge, 2016), pp. 146-55

106. “The Religious Vocation of Secular Literature: Dante and Postmodern Thought,”

In Letteratura Italiana e religione (Religion and Literature in Italian Tradition), ed. Salvatore Bancheri and Francesco Guardini (Florence: Franco Cesati, 2016), pp. 49-68

105. “Writings and Revelation: Literary Theology in the Bible,”

Literature and Theology 30/1 (2016): 51-66
104. “Involved Knowing: On the Poetic Epistemology of the Humanities”

Humanities 4/4 (2015): 600-22, special issue on “The Challenges of the Humanities, Past, Present, and Future,” vol. 2, ed. Albrecht Classen

[reprinted revised from The European Legacy: Towards New Paradigms 16/4 (2011): 447-68]

103. “Acknowledging Unknowing:
Stanley Cavell and the Philosophical Criticism of Literature”

Philosophy and Literature 39/1 (2015): 248-258
102. “Agamben’s Logic of the Exception and Its Apophatic Roots and Offshoots”

Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies 41/2 (2015): 95-120
101. “Intercultural Dia-logue and Its Apophatic Interstices”

Bulletin of the Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy, vol. 25, no. 1 (2015/4): 1-23
100. “William Franke on Edmond Jabès” in Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, vol. 304,

ed. Lawrence J. Trudeau (Farmington Hills, Mich.: Gale, Cengage Learning, 2015), pp. 202-217

[reprinted from A Philosophy of the Unsayable, chapter 4, section ii]
99. “Language and Transcendence in Dante’s Paradiso

The Poetics of Transcendence,

eds. Elisa Heinämäki, P.M. Mehtonen and Antti Salminen

(Amsterdam: Rodopi: 2015), Currents of Encounter series, vol. 38, pp. 107-131
98. “Le dia-logue et son au-delà apophatique : avec François Jullien” 

Des possibles de la pensée: L’itinéraire philosophique de François Jullien

Eds. Françoise Gaillard and Philippe Ratte with Nathalie Schnur

(Paris: Éditions Hermann, 2015), pp. 277-298
97. “Le commencement et la fin de la philosophie dans la mystique apophatique:

De Platon au postmodernisme”

In Philosophie et mystique chez Stanislas Breton : Colloque de Cerisy-la-Salle (août 2011)

Eds. Jean Greisch, Jérôme de Gramont, and Marie-Odile Métral

(Paris: Éditions le Cerf, 2015), pp. 129-43.
96. “Learned Ignorance: The Apophatic Tradition of Cultivating the Virtue of Unknowing”

Routledge International Handbook of Ignorance Studies,

eds. Matthias Gross and Linsey McGoey

(New York: Routledge, 2015), pp. 26-35
95. “Professional Dantology and the Human Significance of Dante Studies”

Diacritics: A Review of Contemporary Criticism 42/4 (2014): 54-71
94. “The New Apophatic Universalism: Deconstructive Critical Theories

and Open Togetherness in the European Tradition”

Parrhesia: A Journal of Critical Philosophy 21 (2014): 86-101
93. “Symbol and Allegory”

The Routledge Companion to Hermeneutics,

eds. Jeff Malpas and Hans-Helmuth Gander (New York Routledge, 2014)

Chapter 29, pp. 367-77
92. “War and Tragedy and the Fate of the Spoken: Virgil’s Secularization of Prophecy”

College Literature: A Journal of Critical Literary Studies 41/4 (2014): 25-40
91. “Poetics of Silence in the Post-Holocaust Poetry of Paul Celan”

Journal of Literature and Trauma Studies 2/1-2 (2014): 137-58
90. “All or Nothing?—Nature in Chinese Thought and the Apophatic Occident”

Comparative Philosophy 5/2 (2014): 4-24
89. “Augustine’s Confessions and the Transcendental Ground of Consciousness:

or How Literary Narrative Becomes Prophetic Revelation”

Philosophy and Literature 38/1 (2014): 204-222
88. “Cosmopolitan Conviviality and Negative Theology: Europe’s Vocation to Universalism”

The Journal of European Studies (2014): 44/1 (2014): 30-49
87. “Canonicity, Creativity, and the Unlimited Revelation of Literature”

Partial Answers: Journal of Literature and the History of Ideas 12: 1 (2014): 1-24
86. “The Paramount Importance of What Cannot Be Said in Public Theological Discourse”

Contextuality and Intercontextuality in Public Theology, eds. Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, Florian Höhne, Tobias Reitmeier (Berlin: LIT-Verlag, 2013), series on “Theology in the Public Square / Theologie in der Öffentlichkeit,” vol. 4., pp. 321-334
85. “Dante and the Secularization of Religion through Literature”

Religion and Literature 45/1 (2013): 1-31
84. “Paradoxical Prophecy: Dante’s Strategy of Self-Subversion in the Inferno”

Italica 90/3 (2013): 343-64
83. “Dante’s Hermeneutic Complicity in Violence and Fraud in Inferno IX-XVII”

University of Toronto Quarterly 82/1 (Winter 2013): 1-19
82. “Apophasis as the Common Root of Radically Secular and Radically Orthodox Theology”

International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 73/1 (2013): 57-76
81. “The Secondariness of Virgilian Epic and its Unprecedented Originality”

College Literature: A Journal of Critical Literary Studies 40/1 (2013): 11-31
80. “Negative Theology”

Encyclopedia of Sciences and Religions

eds. Anne Runehov, Lluis Oviedo (Dordrecht: Springer, 2013), pp. 1443-1450.

Co-authored with Chance Woods.

79. “The Place of the Proper Name in the Topographies of the Paradiso”

Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies 87/4 (2012): 1089-1124
78. “From the Bible as Literature to Literature as Theology:

A Theological Reading of Genesis as a Humanities Text”

Interdisciplinary Humanities 29/2 (Summer 2012): 28-45
77. “Total Forgetting as the Moment of Truth at the Climax of Dante’s Divine Comedy and the Christian

Epic Tradition,” in Erfahren, Erzählen, Erinnern: Narrative Konstruktionen von Gedächtnis und Generation in Antike und Mittelalter / Record, Relate, Remember: Narrative Constructions of Memory and Generation in Antiquity and the Middle Ages, eds. Benjamin Pohl, Maurice Sprague and Linda Hörl (Bamberg: University of Bamberg Press, 2012), pp. 299-326

76. “Dante’s Deconstruction and Reconstruction of Prophetic Voice and Vision

in the Malebolge (Inferno XVIII-XXV)

Philosophy and Literature 36/1 (2012): 111-121
75. “Apophatic Paths: Modern and Contemporary Poetics and Aesthetics of Nothing”

Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities 17/3 (2012): 7-18

Special Issue: “Nothing,” eds. Antti Salminen and Sami Sjöberg

74. “Un díptico apofatíco: Juan de la Cruz y Samuel Beckett”

[“An Apophatic Dyptich: John of the Cross and Samuel Beckett” ]

Despalabro. Ensayos de Humanidades 6 (2012): 179-88
73. “The Origin of Philosophy in Theological Critique of Idolatry and its Consummation

in Negative Theological Critique of Conceptual Idolatry”

Hermeneutica, Nuova serie (2012): 315-32
72. “Dante’s Hermeneutic Rite of Passage: Inferno IX

Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism on Dante, vol. 142,

Ed. Laurence J. Trudeau

(Detroit/New York: Gale/Cengage Learning, 2012), pp. 238-56

Reprinted from Dante’s Interpretive Journey, pp. 82-118

71. “Dante’s New Life and the New Testament: An Essay on the Hermeneutics of Revelation”

The Italianist 31 (2011): 335-66
70. “Gospel as Personal Knowing: Theological Reflections on not Just a Literary Genre”

Theology Today 68/4 (2011): 413-23
69. “On Doing the Truth in Time: The Aeneid’s Invention of Poetic Prophecy”

Arion: A Journal of Humanities and the Classics 19/1 (2011): 53-63

68. “Prophecy as a Genre of Revelation: Synergisms of Inspiration and Imagination in the Book of Isaiah”

Theology 114/5 (2011): 340-52
67. “Involved Knowing: On the Poetic Epistemology of the Humanities”

The European Legacy: Towards New Paradigms 16/4 (2011): 447-68
66. “Homer’s Musings and the Divine Muse: Epic Song as Invention and as Revelation”

Religion and Literature 43/1 (2011): 1-28
65. “The Canon Question and the Value of Theory: Towards a New (Non-)Concept of Universality”

The Canonical Debate Today. Crossing Disciplinary and Cultural Boundaries, eds. Liviu Papadima, David Damrosch, and Theo D’haen (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2011), pp. 55-71.
64. “‘The Missing All’: Emily Dickinson’s Apophatic Poetics,” Poetry for Students, vol. 35

(Kennedale, TX: Gale Group, 2010)

[Reprinted from Christianity and Literature 58/1 (2008): 61-80]

63. “Sulla verità poetica che è superiore alla Storia: Porfirio e la critica filosofica della letteratura,”

Italian translation of “On the Poetic Truth that is Higher than History . . .” (#61)

with critical introduction (“Per una Critica Speculativa”) by Laura Lucia Rossi

Enthymema: Rivista di teoria, critica e filosofia della letteratura 1 (2010): 1-17
62. “On the Poetic Truth that is Higher than History:

Porphyry and the Philosophical Interpretation of Literature”

International Philosophical Quarterly 50/4 (2010): 415-430

[Reprinted in Acts of ISSEI (International Society for the Study of European Ideas)

2010 International Conference on “Thought in Science and Fiction”]
61. “The Death and Damnation of Poetry in Inferno XXXI-XXXIV:

Ugolino and Narrative as an Instrument of Revenge”

Romance Studies 28/1 (2010): 27-35
60. “Alighieri, Dante,” “Dionysius the Pseudo-Areopagite,” and “Petrarch, Francesco.”

Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity, ed. Daniel Patte

(Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 2010)

59. “Dante’s Inferno as Poetic Revelation of Prophetic Truth,”

Philosophy and Literature 33/2 (2009): 252-66
58. “Existentialism: An Atheistic or a Christian Philosophy?”

In Phenomenology and Existentialism in the Twentieth Century, Chapter 22

Analecta Husserliana 103 (2009): 371-94
57. “Equivocations of ‘Metaphysics’:

A Debate with Christian Moevs’s The Metaphysics of Dantes Comedy”

Philosophy and Theology 20/1-2 (2009): 29-52
56. “Beyond the Limits of Reason Alone: A Critical Approach to the Religious Inspiration of Literature”

Position Statement in forum of invited contributions to Special Issue on the discipline:

Religion and Literature 41/2 (2009): 69-78
55. “James Joyce and the Bible”

The Blackwell Companion to the Bible in English Literature, chapter 46

Eds. Christopher Rowland, Christine Joynes, Rebecca Lemon, Emma Masson, Jonathan Roberts

(Oxford: Blackwell, 2009), pp. 642-53.
54. “Edmond Jabès, or the Endless Self-Emptying of Language in the Name of God”

Literature and Theology 22/1 (2008): 1-17

53. “‘The Missing All’: Emily Dickinson’s Apophatic Poetics”

Christianity and Literature 58/1 (2008): 61-80
52. “The Coincidence of Reason and Revelation in Communicative Openness:

A Critical Negative Theology of Dialogue”

Journal of Religion 88/3 (2008): 365-92
51. “Le Nom de Dieu comme vanité du langage au fond de tout mot selon Edmond Jabès,”

 ["The Name of God as the Vanity of Language in the Heart of Every Word"],

            trans. by Martine Prieto and Geoffrey Obin, Edmond Jabès : L'éclosion des énigmes,

eds. Daniel Lançon et Catherine Mayaux (Vincennes: Presses Universitaires de Vincennes, 2007), pp. 249-60 (Paris: Littérature Hors Frontières, 2008).

50. “Eine kritische Negative Theologie des Dialogs: Die Koinzidenz von Vernunft und Offenbarung in

kommunikativer Offenheit“ [ “A Critical Negative Theology of Dialogue: The Coincidence of

Reason and Revelation in Communicative Openness”], translated by Michael Sonntag

Salzburger Theologishe Zeitschrift 11/2 (2007): 217-49.
49. “The Ethical Vision of Dante’s Paradiso in Light of Levinas”

Comparative Literature 59/3 (2007): 209-27
48. “The Ethical Posture of Anti-Colonial Discourse in Said and in Gandhi”

Journal of Contemporary Thought 25 (Summer, 2007): 5-24
47. “Poetic Language, Apocalypse, and the Premises for Dialogue

Between a Secular West and Radical Islam”

Reconstructing Realities: Occident-Orient Engagements

eds. Ganakumaran Subramaniam, Shanthini Pillai and Hafriza Burhanudeen

(Kuala Lumpur: Pearson Longman, 2007), pp. 41-52
46. “The Deaths of God in Hegel and Nietzsche and the Crisis of Values

in Secular Modernity and Post-Secular Postmodernity”

Religion and the Arts 11/2 (2007): 214-41
45. “Scripture as Theophany in Dante’s Paradiso

Religion and Literature 39/2 (Spring 2007): 1-32

(2006 Annual Religion and Literature Lecture, University of Notre Dame)

44. “Hermeneutics, Historicity, and Poetry as Theological Revelation in Dante’s Divine Comedy

In Art and Time, ed. Jan Lloyd Jones et al. (Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2007),

pp. 39-56
43. “The Rhetorical-Theological Presence of Romans in Dante:

A Comparison of Methods in Philosophical Perspective”

In Medieval Readings of Romans, eds. William S. Campbell, Peter S. Hawkins, Brenda Dean Schildgen (New York: T & T Clark International, 2007), pp. 142-52
42. “Primordial Sacrifice, Typology, and the Theological Vocation of Literature:

Extending Gian Balsamo’s Interpretation of Joyce and Christian Epic”

Literature and Theology 20/3 (2006): 251-68
41. “Praising the Unsayable: An Apophatic Defense of Metaphysics

Based on the Neoplatonic Parmenides Commentaries”

Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 11/1 (2006): 143-73
40. “Apophasis and the Turn of Philosophy to Religion: From Neoplatonic Negative Theology to

Postmodern Negation of Theology”

In Self and Other: Essays in Continental Philosophy of Religion, ed. Eugene Long,

Special issue of International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 60/ 1-3 (2006): 61-76

39. “Linguistic Repetition as Theological Revelation in Christian Epic Tradition:

The Case of Joyce’s Finnegans Wake

Neophilologus 90/1 (2006): 155-172
38. “The Singular and the Other at the Limits of Language in the Post-Holocaust Poetry

of Edmond Jabès and Paul Celan”

New Literary History 36/4 (2005): 621-38
37. “Varieties and Valences of Unsayability in Literature”

Philosophy and Literature 29/2 (2005): 489-97
36. “The Linguistic Turning of the Symbol: Baudelaire and his French Symbolist Heirs”
           In Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism , ed. Russel Whitaker (Detroit: Thomson Gale, 2005),

vol. 144: French Symbolist Poetry, pp. 40-47

[Reprinted from Baudelaire and the Poetics of Modernity, volume in Honor of Claude Pichois,

ed. Patricia Ward (Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2000), pp. 28-40.]

35. “Franz Rosenzweig and the Emergence of a Post-Secular Philosophy of the Unsayable”

International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 58/3 (2005): 161-80
34. “Virgil, History, and Prophecy”

Philosophy and Literature 29/1 (2005): 73-88

33. “Damascius. Of the Ineffable: Aporetics of the Notion of an Absolute Principle”

Arion: A Journal of Humanities and the Classics 12/1 (2004): 111-31.

(Introduction with original translation from the Greek of De principiis, Part I, cc 3-8)

32. “A Philosophy of the Unsayable: Apophasis and the Experience of Truth and Totality”

In Imaginatio Creatrix: The Pivotal Force of the Genesis/Ontopoiesis of Human Life and Reality, ed. A.-T. Tymieniecka, Analecta Husserliana LXXXIII (2004): 65-83.

31. “Truth and Interpretation in the Divine Comedy

In Dante Modern Critical Views, ed. Harold Bloom (Philadelphia: Chelsea, 2004), pp. 287-305.

[Excerpt reprinted from Dante’s Interpretive Journey, pp. 5-23]
30. “The Dialectical Logic of Yeats’s Byzantium Poems”

In Poetry Criticism, vol. 51, ed. Carol Ullman (Kennedale, TX: Gale Group, 2004), pp. 146-52

[Reprinted from Yeats-Eliot Review 15, no. 3: 23-32]
29. “The Exodus Epic: Universalization of History Through Ritual”

In Universality and History: The Foundations of Core, ed. Don Thompson, Darrel Colson, and J.

Scott Lee (Lanham-New York-Oxford: University Press of America, 2002), pp. 59-70
28. “The Interpretive Journey and the Allegory of Reading: Introduction to the Inferno as a Humanities

Text,” in Uniting the Liberal Arts: Core and Context, ed. Bainard Cowen and J. Scott Lee

(Lanham-New York-Oxford: University Press of America, 2002), pp 75-82
27. “Literature as Liturgy and the Interpretive Revolution of Literary Criticism”

Preface to Gian Balsamo, Scriptural Poetics in Finnegans Wake

(Lewisburg, New York: Edwin Mellin Press, 2002), pp. v-xiii
26. “Il significato teologico del paesaggio di san Benedetto nel Paradiso di Dante”

[“The Theological Significance of the Landscape around Saint Benedict in Dante’s Paradiso”]

Lo Speco CVII, no. 4 (2002): 80-82
2001 - 2000
25. “William Franke on Post-Structuralist Interpretation”

In Italo Calvino: Modern Critical Views, ed. Harold Bloom (Philadelphia: Chelsea, 2001).

pp. 28-30. [Reprinted from “The Deconstructive Anti-Logic of Italo Calvino’s Le città invisibili,Italian Quarterly 30 (1989)].
24. “Dante’s Address to the Reader in Face of Derrida’s Critique of Ontology”

The Poetry of Life in Literature. Annalecta Husserliana: The Yearbook of Phenomenological Research LXIX (2000): 119-31.
23. “Prophecy Eclipsed: Hamlet as a Tragedy of Knowledge”

In Core Texts in Conversation, eds. Jane Kelley Rodeheffer, David Sokolowski, and J. Scott Lee

(Lanham-New York-Oxford: University Press of America, 2000), pp. 149-54
22. “Metaphor and the Making of Sense: The Contemporary Metaphor Renaissance”

Philosophy and Rhetoric 33/2 (2000): 137-154
21. “Apocalypse and the Breaking-Open of Dialogue: A Negatively Theological Perspective”

International Journal for the Philosophy of Religion 47/2 (2000): 65-86
20. “The Linguistic Turning of the Symbol: Baudelaire and his French Symbolist Heirs”
           In Baudelaire and the Poetics of Modernity, volume in Honor of Claude Pichois,

ed. Patricia Ward (Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2000), pp. 28-40

19. “Figuralism,” “Albert the Great,” “Constantine,” “Israel," “William II of Sicily”

In The Dante Encyclopedia (New York-London: Garland Publishing, 2000),

ed. Richard Lansing, pp. 376-79, 11, 216-17, 524-525, 885-86.
18. “Eine Kontextbestimmung der Vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft--das Beispiel Vanderbilt”

In Allgemeine Literaturwissenschaft. Konturen und Profile im Pluralismus, pp. 181-92

With John McCarthy, ed. Carsten Zelle (Opladen/Wiesbaden: Westdeutscher Verlag, 1999)
17. “Apocalyptic Poetry Between Metaphysics and Negative Theology: From Dante to Celan and Stevens”

Literature and Belief 19/1,2 (1999): 261-284
16. “‘Enditynges of Worldly Vanitees’: Truth and Poetry in Chaucer as Compared with Dante”

The Chaucer Review 34, no. 1 (1999): 87-106
15. “The Dialectical Logic of Yeats’s Byzantium Poems”

Yeats-Eliot Review 15, no. 3 (Summer 1998): 23-32
14. “Psychoanalysis as a Hermeneutics of the Subject: Freud, Ricoeur, Lacan”

Dialogue: The Canadian Philosophical Review 38 (1998): 65-81
13. “Reader’s Application and the Moment of Truth”

In Dante: Contemporary Perspectives,

ed. Amilcare Iannucci (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1996), pp. 59-80.

[reprint, revised, of “Dante and Modern Hermeneutic Thought,”

Lectura Dantis: A Forum for Dante Research and Interpretation 12 (1993): 34-52]
12. “Blind Prophecy: Milton’s Figurative Mode in Paradise Lost”

In Through a Glass Darkly: Essays in the Religious Imagination,

ed. John Hawley (New York: Fordham University Press, 1996), pp. 87-103
11. “Resurrected Tradition and Revealed Truth: Dante’s Statius”

Quaderni d’italianistica 15/1-2 (1994): 7-34
10. “Dante and the Poetics of Religious Revelation”

Symploke: A Journal for the Intermingling of Literary, Cultural and Theoretical Scholarship

2/2 (1994): 103-116

9. “Dante’s Hermeneutic Rite of Passage: Inferno IX

Religion and Literature 26/2 (1994): 1-26
8. “In the Interstices Between Symbol and Allegory: Montale’s Figurative Mode”

Comparative Literature Studies 31/4 (1994): 370-89
7. “Dante’s Address to the Reader and its Ontological Significance”

MLN (Modern Language Notes) 109 (1994): 117-27
6. “Hermeneutic Catastrophe in Racine: The Epistemological Predicament of 17th Century Tragedy”

Romanische Forschungen 105 (1993): 315-31
5. “Poetics and Apocalypse in Manzoni’s Interpretation of History”

Esperienze letterarie Anno XVIII - n. 4 (1993): 17-38
4. “Dante and Modern Hermeneutic Thought”

Lectura Dantis: A Forum for Dante Research and Interpretation 12 (1993): 34-52
3. “The Logic of Infinity: European Romanticism and the Question of Giacomo Leopardi”

Comparatio: Revue Internationale de Littérature Comparée 1 (1990): 69-82
2. “The Deconstructive Anti-Logic of Italo Calvino’s Le città invisibili

Italian Quarterly 30 (1989): 31-41
1. Note on “Robert Harrison’s The Body of Beatrice

Rivista di studi italiani 4 (1988): 78-82

Critical Reviews and Appreciations
Review of Peter Hawkins, Dante: A Brief History (Oxford: Blackwell, 2006),

in Christianity and Literature  : 471-72

Review of Massimo Verdicchio, Of Dissimulation: Allegory and Irony in Dante’s Commedia

in Canadian Review of Comparative Literature = Revue canadienne de littérature comparée 32, no. 2 (2005): 225

Review of Warren Ginsberg, Dante and the Aesthetics of Being

in Speculum 76/3 (July 2001), 727-29

“Dante and Modernism.” On David Pike’s Passage through Hell: Modernist Descents, Medieval Underworlds, review article in Speculum 74/3 (1999): 808-11
“Diecimila quadri ed anche qualcuno di più,” L’arte illustrata 5, November 1985
“Poesia e politica si mescolano,” Tempi di fraternità, August 1985
“Due poeti e un libro,” Tempi di fraternità, September 1986

“The Automocrat,” Only Poetry, Spring 1982
“Invocation of Campion,” “Jenny Arranging Herself to Play Violin: an Appreciation by Her Pianist,”

“Passing the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square,” California State Poetry Quarterly, Volume IX,

No. 1, 1982
“Contemporaries,” California State Poetry Quarterly, Volume X, No. 2, Summer 1983
“Dance of the Shirts,” The Writer, November 1984
“Letter to a Friend,” “March,” SEAMS: The Cultural Art Journal, Volume 2 No. 1, Fall 1985

“Free Riding I-IV,” SEAMS: The Cultural Arts Journal, Volume 2, No. 2 Winter-Spring 1986

“Glimpses I-IV,” SEAMS: The Cultural Arts Journal, Volume 2, No. 3, Summer-Fall 1986
“Limbo,” “Faring Well in Arms,” “Lightspot,” SEAMS: The Cultural Arts Journal, Volume 2, No. 4, Winter-Spring 1987

“Original Lyric,” “Outsight,” BERKELEY POETS 1987 (Rosenberg Prize)


(* for keynote, plenary, named or invited lectures)
*“Poetic Form and the Unspeakable Springs of Theological Revelation”

KEYNOTE SPEECH for The Prophetic Word: Poetry, Philosophy and Theology in Conversation,

The Fifth Power of the Word Project Interdisciplinary Conference

Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford, England, September 13-16, 2017
*“Traumlogik und ihre apophatischen Voraussetzungen bei Dante

Lecture for Graduiertenkolleg über Traum-Diskurse,

University of Saarbrücken, July 13, 2017
Writing as Theophany

“Schrift und Graphisches im Vergleich”

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Vergleichende und Allgemeine Literaturwissenschaft
XVII. Tagung der DGAVL in Bochum, June 6,.2017

*“Apophatic Paths from Europe to China”

KEYNOTE SPEECH for Conference on Mysticism in Comparative Perspective

The Mystical Theology Network and the Astaire Seminar

University of Glasgow, Scotland, December 14-16, 2016
“Dante’s Apophatic Vision and Classical Daoist and Confucian Wisdom: Methodological Reflections on Comparative Philosophy, Religion, and Literature”

Dante in East Asia. Notre Dame - Beijing Forum. October 2016 (to be scheduled)

*“Religious Tradition and Interdisciplinary Humanities Studies in a (Post)Secular World”

Beijing Capitol University of Business and Economics (CUEB), Beijing, October 17, 2016

*“Liberal Arts Education as Learned Ignorance: From an East Asian Vantage Point”

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