Romana Huk


Associate Professor of English

Specialty: Twentieth-century British literature, postmodern poetries

Degrees: BA, College of William and Mary; PhD, University of Notre Dame

Romana Huk is co-editor of Contemporary British Poetry: Essays in Theory and Criticism (SUNY Press, 1996), editor of Assembling Alternatives: Reading Postmodern Poetries Transnationally (Wesleyan UP, 2003), and author of Stevie Smith: Between the Lines (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005). Her upwards of 40 substantial essays on contemporary poetry and poetics have appeared in journals like Contemporary Literature, The Yale Journal of Criticism, Christianity and Literature, HOW2, Literature Compass, The Journal in Ireland and Performance Research (Routledge) in the UK as well as in book collections and companions to poetry from presses such as Oxford UP, Cambridge UP, Blackwell, London Macmillan, Cornell UP, Ohio UP, Edinburgh UP, Bloodaxe Books, Salt Publishing, and Le Cri Editions in Paris. She serves as a repeated referee for the major journals and presses in her field (from PMLA and Contemporary Literature to Oxford UP, Palgrave, Blackwell and Polity); she also serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Innovative British and Irish Poetries in the UK, and as editor-in-chief of Religion & Literature, which is housed in the Department of English at Notre Dame. She has written on topics ranging from working class poetry (in the work of Tony Harrison) to gender politics (in the work of Smith as well as more recent, transatlantic avant-garde poets) to racial inflections in radical practice (such as those of Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze, Harryette Mullen and David Marriott). Her current book project’s working title is: "Rewrit[ing] the word ‘God’": In the Arc of Postmodern Theory, Theology and Poetry; it involves reading radical departures in early twentieth-century phenomenology, theology and linguistics alongside developments in transnational avant-garde aesthetics and poetries.


Recent and Forthcoming Articles

  • “Sacrament as ars and arse-poetica: Down to earth devotion in the poetry of David Jones”; talk delivered as a dialogue with Catherine Pickstock, LOGOS Colloquium 2, Cambridge University, 4 July 2016; scheduled for publication alongside Pickstock’s talk in a special issue on Jones in Religion & Literature.
  • "'Out past / Self-Dramatization': Maurice Scully’s Several Dances" in Irish University Review, Special Issue Spring/Summer 2016, Irish Experimental Poetry, David Lloyd, ed.; 105-15.
  • “Women’s Spiritualities” in The Cambridge History of Twentieth Century Women Poets, Linda Kinnahan, ed. Cambridge University Press; 2016; 289-304.
  • “Writing in the danger zone: Michael Heller’s poetics of naming” in The Poetics and Poetry of Michael Heller: A Nomad Memory, Burt Kimmelman and Jonathan Curley, eds. Bucknell UP/ Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2015.
  • “‘nothing / like a real bridge’: Rae Armantrout and Denise Levertov” in Denise Levertov in Company, Donna Hollenberg, ed. University of South Carolina Press, forthcoming.
  • “Genre Crossings: Rewriting ‘the lyric’ in innovative black British poetry” in The Cambridge Companion to British Black and Asian Poetry 1945-2012, Deirdre Osborne, ed. Cambridge University Press, 2016.
  • “New British Schools” in Modernist Legacies, David Nowell-Smith and Abigail Lang, eds.  Contemporary Poetry and Poetics Series, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015; 59-80.
  • “Hospitable Forms: Post-Secular Thought in New-Century Poetics”, a Forum featuring essays by eight poet-theorists and an 8500-word Introduction by co-editors Romana Huk and Ailbhe Darcy, Religion & Literature 45:3, pp. 155-244.
  • “The View from the U.S.A.,” in The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary British and Irish Poetry, Peter Robinson, ed. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2013; 576-95.
  • “On ‘the beat inevitable’: The Ballad,” in A Companion to Poetic Genre, Erik Martiny, ed. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2011; 117-138.
  • “Maggie O’Sullivan and the story of metaphysics,” in A Companion to Maggie O’Sullivan, Christopher Emery, ed. Cambridge, UK: Salt Publishing, 2011; 36-70.
  • “We confront the // pow // sawdust”: Repetition, obliteration and shifting frames in John James’s early poetry,” in A Companion to John James, Simon Perril, ed. Cambridge, UK: Salt Publishing, 2010; 57-97.
  • “A single liturgy”: Fanny Howe’s The Wedding Dress,” Christianity and Literature 58:4 (Summer 2009):  657-93.
  • “Poetry and Religion,” inA Concise Companion to Postwar British and Irish Poetry, Nigel Alderman and C. D. Blanton, eds. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2009; 221-42.
  • “A New Global Poetics?” in Literature Compass 6 (March 2009): 758-84.
  •  “Avant-garde poetry’s ‘new spirit’ between text and performance, or: Congregating to disperse and re-member,” Performance Research 13:3 (Spring 2009): 109-17.
  • “Preface" to Hoodoo Voodoo by David Marriott. London: Shearsman Press, 2008, i-xx.
  • “In the Wake of Negative Theology: Postmodern Poetry’s Millennial Spiritualism,” in Poesie Americaine 1950-2000. Jacques Darras, ed.  Paris: Le Cri Editions, In ’Hui 56/57 (2002): 191-204.
  • “The Progress of the Avant-Garde: Reading/Writing Race and Culture According to Universal Systems of Value,” in Poetry and Contemporary Culture, Andrew Roberts and Jonathan Allison, eds. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2002; 141-164.
  • “In AnOther’s Pocket: The Address of the ‘Pocket-Epic’ in Postmodern Black British Poetry,” The Yale Journal of Criticism 13, no. 1 (Spring, 2000): 23-47.


Recent Awards and Honors

  • 2010: Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.
  • 2005: University of Notre Dame, sabbatical of one semester granted to begin work on “Rewrit[ing] the word ‘God’”: In the Arc of Postmodern Theory, Theology and Poetry.
  • 2000: Two-year fellowship to research the intersections between postmodern theology and poetry, Oxford Brookes University, Centre for Modern and Contemporary Poetry Oxford, England.
  • 1998: University of New Hampshire, Vice-President for Research Senior Faculty Fellowship; support for one semester’s leave to research Black British poetics in London.


Contact Information
307 Decio Hall
(574) 631-5798

Postal address
Department of English
233 Decio Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556