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Jay Twomey

Title: Department Head, Associate Professor
Office: 248 McMicken Hall
Tel: 513-556-5924
Email: jay.twomey@uc.edu

Primary areas of interest include the (literary/theoretical/cultural/political) reception of biblical texts. He has published on relevant topics in a variety of journals, including Religion and Literature, Semeia, Religion and the Arts, and Biblical Interpretation. He is the author of a Blackwell Bible Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles, entitled The Pastoral Epistles Through the Centuries, and has completed the manuscript of his next book, a guide to recent scholarship on 2 Corinthians.  His current work focuses on fictionalizations of Paul, and on Paul in American cultural contexts.  He teaches courses on the Bible and literature, and the Bible in literary theory.

Education

  • Ph. D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2001 (Comparative Literature).

Research Information

Research Interests

Reception studies, biblical studies, cultural studies, literary theory, comparative literature, American literature

Research Support

  • University Research Council Summer Fellowship. 05-2004 to 09-2004.
  • Taft Summer Research Fellowship. 05-2003 to 09-2003.
  • Sabbatical Leave. 09-2009 to 09-2010.
  • Taft Center Fellowship. 09-2011 to 08-2012.

Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • “The Five That Remain:  Versions of the Messianic in Battlestar Galactica,” in Postscripts 3.2-3 (2007/2010): 162-185.
  • "Blasted Hope: Theology and Violence in Sarah Kane." The Journal of Religion and Theatre 6.2 (2007): 110-123.
  • "Reading Derrida's New Testament: A Critical Appraisal." Biblical Interpretation: A Journal of Contemporary Approaches 13.4 (2005): 374, 403.
  • "Silence with Full Submission?: Jonathan Edwards and the Pastoral Epistles." Queen: A Journal of Rhetoric and Power (2005).[Link]
  • "Reading A Christian Reading: Mark Jarman, T. S. Eliot and the Aesthetic Strategies of Religious Faith." Religion and the Arts 8.2 (2004): 223, 243.
  • "Spirit in Motion: Echoes of a Pentecostal Heritage in the Poetry of A. R. Ammons." Religion and Literature 34.2 (2002): 51, 75.
  • "Totalité, singularité‚ monde : Sur la cosmographie postmoderniste de Jean-Luc Nancy." Reseaux 88-89-90 (2000): 139, 149.
  • "Tempting the Child: The Lyrical Madness of Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian." The Southern Quarterly 37 (1999): 255, 265.
  • “The Pastor and His Fops:  Gender Indeterminacy in the Pastor and his Readers,” in Semeia Studies 67 (2011): 283-300.
  • “The Biblical Man in Black:  Johnny Cash’s Pauline Exegesis,” in Biblical Interpretation 19 (2011): 223-252.

Books

  • The Pastoral Epistles Through the Centuries. Blackwell, 2008.

Book Chapter

  • "Is Naomi a Liberal Pluralist? The Politics of Loss and Renewal in Jonathan Edwards’ Sermon, ‘Ruth’s Resolution,’" in From The Margins 1:  Women of the Hebrew Bible and Their Afterlives, ed. Peter Hawkins and Lesleigh Cushing Stahlberg.  Sheffield-Phoenix, 2009:  141-158.
  • "A Funny Thing Happened on the Road to Damascus: Piety and Subversion in Johnny Cash’s Man in White," in Subverting Scriptures: Critical Reflections on the Use of the Bible, ed. Beth Hawkins Benedix. Palgrave, 2009:  11-22.
  • "Antonin Scalia v. Jonathan Edwards: Romans 13 and The American Theology of State." Sacred Tropes: Tanakh, New Testament, Qur’an as Literary Works. Brill, 2009:  493-504.

Review

  • Jean-Luc Nancy. "Dis-Enclosure: The Deconstruction of Christianity," in The Bible and Critical Theory5.2 (2009): 27.1-27.1.
  • Stephen Cox. "The New Testament and Literature: A Guide to Literary Patterns." Christianity and Literature 58.2 (2009) 9.
  • Alain Badiou. "Saint Paul: The Foundation of Universalism." Religion and Literature 36.2 (Summer 2004): 133-138.
  • Bruce Winter. "Philo and Paul Among the Sophists." The Bryn Mawr Classical Review 6.34 (2003).
  • Anne Staquet. "La morale et ses fables : de l’éthique narrative à l’éthique de la souveraineté." International Journal of Philosophical Studies 9.4. (November 2001): 558-559.
  • Review of Jean-Luc Nancy, Noli Me Tangere: On The Raising of The Body, in The Bible and Critical Theory 6.3 (2010): 52.1-52.3
  • Review of Daniel Langton, The Apostle Paul in the Jewish Imagination: A Study in Modern Jewish-Christian Relations, in The Bible and Critical Theory 7.2 (2011): 122-123.
  • Review of Staley and Walsh (eds.), Jesus, The Gospels and Cinematic Imagination:  A Handbook to Jesus on DVD, in The Bible and Critical Theory 5.1 (2009):  8.1

Under Review

  • 2 Corinthians:  A New Testament Guide, under contract with Sheffield Phoenix Press.

Presentations & Lectures

Invited Presentations

  • (03-2007). Is Naomi a Liberal Secularist? Politics and Redemption in Jonathan Edwards’ Sermon, ‘Ruth’s Resolution.’ Boston University.
  • (12-2005). Bending the Rule: Jonathan Edwards, the Rule of Scripture, and Women’s Religious Agency University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
  • (11-2010). “Triangulating in Reception Studies: A Response to W.J. Lyons & J. Økland, eds., The Way the World Ends? The Apocalypse of John in Culture and Ideology” Society of Biblical Literature , Atlanta.
  • (04-2010). “Class Action Sagacity: Wisdom Literature and The Sweet Hereafter" Pomona College, Claremont, CA.
  • (11-2009). “Paul in Fiction” Colgate University, Hamilton, NY.
  • (04-2011). "The Road From Damascus: A Fictional Critique of Alain Badiou" Ball State University, Muncie, IN.
  • (04-2011). "The Road From Damascus: A Fictional Critique of Alain Badiou" Trinity University, San Antonio, TX.
  • (04-2011). "The Road From Damascus: A Fictional Critique of Alain Badiou" Trinity University, San Antonio, TX.

Paper Presentations

  • (11-2008). The Pastor and His Fops: Gender Indeterminacy in the Pastor and his Readers. Society of Biblical Literature Meeting, Boston.
  • (11-2008). The Event of Conversion: Alain Badiou on the Road to Damascus. Midwest Modern Language Association Meeting, Minneapolis.
  • (04-2008). The Five That Remain: Versions of the Messianic in Battlestar Galactica. American Comparative Literature Association meeting, Long Beach.
  • (11-2007). Saintliness and Sovereignty: Pauline Political Theology in Jonathan Edwards' America. Midwest Modern Language Association meeting, Cleveland.
  • (11-2007). The Powers that Be: Antonin Scalia on Romans 13:1-5. Society of Biblical Literature meeting, San Diego.
  • (03-2007). Is Naomi a Liberal Secularist? Politics and Redemption in Jonathan Edwards’ Sermon, ‘Ruth’s Resolution'. Luce Program in Scripture and the Literary Arts, Boston University.
  • (11-2006). The State of Messianic Exception: Giorgio Agamben and Pauline Sovereignty. Society of Biblical Literature, Washington D.C..
  • (04-2006). A Funny Thing Happened on the Road to Damascus: Johnny Cash and Paul Among the Theorists. American Comparative Literature Association, Princeton.
  • (12-2005). The Gospel Truth?: Teaching the New Testament and/as Literature. Modern Language Association, Washington, D.C..
  • (12-2005). Silence with Full Submission?: Jonathan Edwards and the Pastoral Epistles. Centre for Rhetorics & Hermeneutics, University of Redlands, Redlands, CA.
  • (12-2005). Silence with Full Submission?: Jonathan Edwards and the Pastoral Epistles. Centre for Rhetorics & Hermeneutics, University of Redlands, Redlands, CA.
  • (11-2005). Rhetoric as Exegesis: Edwards, Chauncy and the Bible in Polemical Context. Midwest Modern Language Association, Milwaukee.
  • (03-2005). Post-Imperial Paul(s): Reading Community and Authority in the Pauline Epistles. American Comparative Literature Association, Penn State.
  • (05-2004). Religion, Literature and War. American Academy of Religion, Eastern International Region, Cornell University.
  • (11-2003). Rewriting Jesus: A Case Study in Effective Affective Learning. Midwest Modern Language Association, Chicago, IL.
  • (03-2003). No Heirs to Eliot: The Poetics of Blasphemy. American Literature Association, Long Beach, CA.
  • (03-2003). No Heirs to Eliot: The Poetics of Blasphemy. American Literature Association, Long Beach, CA.
  • (03-2003). Outcast: American Contexts for the Book of Ruth, University of Cincinnati.
  • (04-2002). 1st Corinthians: Forging Community in Paul’s Corinth. Religious Studies 202, University of Illinois.
  • (04-2002). Messianic Secrets: Subversive Suffering in José Saramago, Terrence McNally and Rosario Castellanos. AAR Midwest Region Annual Meeting, DePaul University.
  • (04-2001). Towards an Aesthetics of Globality. ACLA Annual Meeting, Boulder, CO.
  • (04-2001). Borges’ Worlds. Comparative Literature 142 , University of Illinois.
  • (12-2000). The Letter to Philemon and the Pauline Corpus. Religious Studies 101 , University of Illinois.
  • (04-1999). The Heretic in His Labyrinth: Critiques of Totality in Borges’ Fiction. Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Lexington, KY.
  • (05-1997). ‘There was a better heaven’: Native American Novelists and the Encounter of Faiths. International Society for the Comparative Study of Civilizations Annual Meeting , Brigham Young University.
  • (11-2011). “Sooner Murder an Infant in its Cradle”: Wisdom and Childlessness in The Sweet Hereafter” . Society of Biblical Literature, San Francisco, CA.
  • (11-2011). “Paul and the Civil Rights Movement: Martin Luther King’s ‘Paul’s Letter to American Christians’” . Society of Biblical Literature, San Francisco, CA.
  • (11-2009). “Fictional Neo-Paulinisms: Rewritings of the Life of Paul”. Society of Biblical Literature, New Orleans, LA.
  • (11-2009). “The Biblical Man in Black: Johnny Cash’s Pauline Exegesis” . Society of Biblical Literature, New Orleans, LA.
  • (04-2009). “Paulitics: Recent Theoretical Paulinism in Literary Perspective” . American Comparative Literature Association, Cambridge, MA.

Experience & Service

Work Experience

  • 08-2012 to 08-2017, Department Head, English and Comparative Literature, University of Cincinnati.
  • 09-2010 to 05-2011, Director of Undergraduate Studies, English and Comparative Literature, University of Cincinnati.

Additional Information

Courses Taught
Graduate
15-ENGC-800 CONTEXTS LIT STUDY
15-ENGC-776 APP BIBLICAL LIT
15-ENGC-706 APP TO LIT THEORY
15-ENGC-700 MOD CONTEMP LIT

Undergraduate
15-ENGL-396H PERSPEC IN AM LIT
15-ENGL-352 BIBLE & LIT III
15-ENGL-351 BIBLE AND LIT II
15-ENGL-350 BIBLE AND LIT I
15-ENGL-303 SURVEY-AMERICAN LIT
15-ENGL-202 TOPCS IN LITERATURE
15-ENGL-201 TOPCS IN LITERATURE
15-ENGC-401 SEM: COMP LIT
15-ENGC-399 INTRO LIT THEORY
15-ENGB-300 INTRO: STUDY OF LIT