Mimi Winick is a scholar of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Anglophone literature and religion. She is affiliate faculty in the English department at Virginia Commonwealth University and a former postdoctoral fellow on the Transcendence and Transformation initiative at Harvard Divinity School’s Center for the Study of World Religions and Research Associate in the Women’s Studies in Religion Program. Her essays on literature and religion have appeared in journals including Nineteenth-Century Literature, Modernism/modernity, and Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, as well as in edited collections including The Critic as Amateur (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019) and Modernist Women Writers and Spirituality: A Piercing Darkness (Palgrave, 2016).
How does literature shape the world, and the bodies, social forms, and political acts that constitute it? What particular roles might the category of religion, and specifically religious experiences, play in such shaping?