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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
October 18, 2017
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Andrew Atkinson

Contract Academic Staff

Contact Information

Office Location: RCW 306
Office Hours: Tuesdays 1:30-3:00
Academic Background

Phd, Religious Diversity in North America (Wilfrid Laurier University/University of Waterloo)

MA, Religion and Culture (Wilfrid Laurier University)

MA, English (Carleton University)

BAH, English (Acadia University)

Additional Information

Recent Publications:

“When You Walk Through The Garden: HBO and the Cross Pressures of Post-Secular Humanism.”  Journal of Religion and Popular Culture.  (Forthcoming, Fall 2012).

“Catholic Integralism and Marian Receptivity in Wayne Johnston’s Newfoundland: Baltimore’s Mansion and the Catholic Imaginary.” Studies in Canadian Literature. (35.2).

“Virgil if Punched in the Gut: A Defence of Jansenist Interpretations of Wise Blood. Wise Blood: A Re-Consideration.  Ed. John Han. (New York: Rodopi Press, 2011).

Recent Presentations:

“Faith in Faith Vs. Epektasis: Rowan Williams and Amy Hungerford on Mysticism and Language” Christianity and Literature Study Group, ACCUTE, Waterloo, May, 27, 2012.

“Confusion in the Figuration of the Autistic Subject: A Critique of Ẑiẑek’s construction of Autism through a reading of HBO’s Temple Grandin and The Horse Boy” Versions of this paper were presented at the Popular Culture Association of Canada, Niagara Falls, May 10-13, 2012 and the 2012 Ẑiẑek Studies Conference, April 28-29, 2012.

“Zadie Smith’s Theological Aesthetics: Beauty, Paradox, and Bare Life.” Christianity and Literature Study Group, ACCUTE, Fredericton, May 30, 2011

Teaching - 2012-13

EN119: Reading Fiction

EN245: English Literary Tradition I

EN267: Contemporary Canadian Fiction

EN392: Writers of the Middle Ages 

RE233OC: Stories and the Sacred