John Howell

Associate Dean of Students and Senior Lecturer in American Literatures, Religions, and Visual Culture

MA, PhD (University of Chicago)


John Howell’s research and teaching focus on American religion, literature, and history in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He has particular interests in Civil War memory, American religious historiography, antimodernism, and religion and American visual and material cultures. He is in the process of completing a manuscript for a book titled Religion and the Problem of American Civil War Literature— which reorients the long discourse on Civil War literature from the vantage of early postwar observers’ neuralgic concern to figure the war’s implications for a providential understanding of American history and the project of literary nationalism — and is in the planning stages of subsequent projects on the civil religion thesis and discourse and on the constructive potential of American satire. His recent courses include “The Image of American Religion,” “The Second Great Awakening,” and “Religion and American Civil War Literature.”

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