ANTHONY DOMESTICO

ANTHONY DOMESTICO

Associate Professor of Literature, Purchase College

Anthony Domestico is Associate Professor of Literature at Purchase College in New York, and the books columnist for Commonweal. His research focuses on modernism and its relationship to intellectual and religious history. His recent book, Poetry and Theology in the Modernist Period, is available from Johns Hopkins University Press, and his essays have appeared in Religion and Literature, Literature and Theology, Christianity & Literature, the Journal of Modern Periodical Studies, and Persuasions.


He is also a working book critic, with reviews in the Boston Globe, Boston Review, Christian Science Monitor, Harvard Review, San Francisco Chronicle, and Times Literary Supplement, among other publications.


He teaches courses on modernism, the history of the lyric, science fiction, Jane Austen, Henry James, Flannery O’Connor, and many other topics.

PUBLICATIONS

  • Poetry and Theology in the Modernist Period (Johns Hopkins University Press)

    Poetry and Theology in the Modernist Period (Johns Hopkins University Press)

    “Following the religious turn in other disciplines, literary critics have emphasized how modernists like Woolf and Joyce were haunted by Christianity’s cultural traces despite their own lack of belief. In Poetry and Theology in the Modernist Period, Anthony Domestico takes a different tack, arguing that modern poets such as T. S. Eliot, W. H. Auden, and David Jones were interested not just in the aesthetic or social implications of religious experience but also in the philosophically rigorous, dogmatic vision put forward by contemporary theology.

    These poets took seriously the truth claims of Christian theology: for them, religion involved intellectual and emotional assent, doctrinal articulation, and ritual practice. Domestico reveals how an important strand of modern poetry actually understood itself in and through the central theological questions of the modernist era: What is transcendence, and how can we think and write about it? What is the sacramental act, and how does its wedding of the immanent and the transcendent inform the poetic act? How can we relate kairos (holy time) to chronos (clock time)?

    Seeking answers to these complex questions, Domestico examines both modernist institutions (the Criterion) and specific works of modern poetry (Eliot’s Four Quartets and Jones’s The Anathemata). The book also traces the contours of what it dubs ‘theological modernism’: a body of poetry that is both theological and modernist. In doing so, this book offers a new literary history of the modernist period, one that attends both to the material circulation of texts and to the broader intellectual currents of the time.”

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  • Poetry and Theology in the Modernist Period

    Poetry and Theology in the Modernist Period

    July 16, 2020

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