Literary Theory

A list of prominent contemporary theorists addressing religion. Some of these works represent what has been called the “religious turn” in theory. For a more complete list, please see the separate full Bibliography section.

Agamben, Giorgio. Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life. Trans. Daniel Heller-Roazen. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1998.

—–. The Time That Remains: A Commentary on the Letter to the Romans. Stanford University Press, 2005.

Badiou, Alain. Saint Paul: The Foundation of Universalism. Trans. Ray Brassier. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2003.  

Blanchot, Maurice. The Infinite Conversation. Trans. Susan Hanson. University of Minnesota Press, 1992. 

Derrida, Jacques. Acts of Religion. Ed. Gil Anidjan. Routledge, 2001.

——. “How to Avoid Speaking: Denials.” Languages of the Unsayable: The Play of Negativity in Literature and Literary Theory. Ed. Sanford Budick and Wolfgang Iser. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1987. 3-70.

Foucault, Michel. The Hermeneutics of the Subject. Ed. Frédéric Gros. Trans. Graham Burchell. New York: Picador, 2005. 

Girard, Réne. I See Satan Fall Like Lightning. Orbis, 2001.

Irigaray, Luce. “La Mystérique.” Speculum of the Other Woman. Trans. Gillian C. Gill. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1974. 191-202.

Kristeva, Julia. New Maladies of the Soul. New York: Columbia University Press, 1995.

Levinas, Emmanuel. Totality and Infinity. An Essay on Interiority. Trans. Alphonso Lingis. Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, 1969.

Nancy, Jean Luc. Adoration: The Deconstruction of Christianity II. Trans. by John McKeane. New York: Fordham University Press, 2012.

Ricoeur, Paul. Time and Narrative. 3 vols. Trans. Kathleen McLaughlin and David Pellauer. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1990.

—–. The Critique of Religion and the Language of Faith. Trans. R. Bradley DeFord. New York: Union Theological Seminary, 1971.

Žižek, Slavoj. The Fragile Absolute: Or, Why is the Christian Legacy Worth Fighting For? New York: Verso, 2000.