Tyler Gardner

Tyler Gardner


Email: gardner.57@nd.edu

Areas of Interest
American Literature; Religion and Secularism; Fiction and Nonfiction; Writing and Rhetoric

MA English, University of Notre Dame
MA, Religion & Art, Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley
BA, English, Brigham Young University


Tyler Gardner is a Mellon Fellow in Religion and a PhD candidate in the English Department at the University of Notre Dame. He has taught classes in the Writing Program and English Department, as well as led discussion sections for American Studies. The former managing editor of Religion & Literature, he continues to serve the journal as an assistant book review editor. His dissertation examines the various realities informing American literature in the nineteenth century.

Recent Scholarly Activity

“Introduction: Possibilities Beyond Critique” (with Sandra Gustafson). In “Religion, Literature, and The Limits of Critique: A Forum,” edited by Tyler Gardner and Sandra M. Gustafson.  Religion and Literature (Forthcoming).

Co-Editor, “Religion, Literature, and The Limits of Critique: A Forum,” Religion and Literature (Forthcoming).

“Beyond Goodness? Transcendent Decrees, the Immanent Frame, & American Literature.” Faith and Knowledge Conference. Harvard University, February 24-25 2017.

“Rejecting Religious Categorization on a Cosmic Scale: Marilynne Robinson as Neither Religious nor Secular.” Secularisms: Annual MSH Conference. Utah Valley University, April 8-9 2016.

“Transcendent Trajectories in American Literature.” English Department Graduate Research Symposium. University of Notre Dame, March 3-4 2016.

"Secularizing Slavery: Modernization and Christianization in Stowe's Anti-SlaveryNovels."   English Department Graduate Research Symposium.  University of Notre Dame, March 2015.

"What have Concord and Merrimack to do with Boodh?": Collapsing Literary andReligious Categories in Thoreau's A Week."  God and the American Writer: American Literature Association Symposium.  San Antonio, TX. February 2015.

“Charles Taylor, Secular Narratives, and American Literature.” Graduate Research Conference. Pacific School of Religion. Berkeley, CA. April 2012

“From God to Goodness: The Journey of Faith in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.” West Regional Conference on Christianity & Literature. “Transformative Journeys: Literature, Faith, & Metamorphosis.” Costa Mesa, CA. 7-9 April 2011.