Kim Anderson Sasser is an Associate Professor at Wheaton College, where she has taught and published on magical realism, postcolonial literature, and global Anglophone literatures. Kim’s book Magical Realism and Cosmopolitanism: Strategizing Belonging was published in 2014. Currently, she is completing with Christopher Warnes a co-edited critical collection on magical realism, which will be published with Cambridge University Press next year. Her own contribution to that collection deals with magical realism’s complex relationship to religious beliefs and practices.
Of the fellowship, Professor Sasser says, "I plan to make significant strides on a new project, a co-edited critical collection tentatively titled Texts and Tongues: Literature in Pentecostal Perspective. This project will explore literature and literary theory in relation to Pentecostalism/charismatic Christianity and its historical analogues. Though Texts and Tongues develops out of my existing interests and scholarship, there are aspects of the project that represent new territory for me, so I am eager to begin working on it alongside other Marty Center Fellows, as well as scholars and students involved in The University of Chicago Divinity School’s program in Religion, Literature, and Visual Culture."