Associate Professor, English
Faculty Fellow at The Nanovic Institute, Affiliate Faculty at the Initiative on Race and Resilience at UND, Editor-in-Chief at Religion & Literature
Areas of study
- British - 20th and 21st
- Gender and Sexuality
- Religion and Literature
MA and PhD, Literature, University of Notre Dame
BA, English and Government, College of William & Mary
Research and teaching interests
Modern and Contemporary British and Irish poetry, Transatlantic postmodern poetics, Black British poetry and poetics, Lyric theory, Phenomenological thinking, Philosophy of religion, Theopoetics
Romana Huk’s books include Contemporary British Poetry: Essays in Theory and Criticism (1996), Assembling Alternatives: Reading Postmodern Poetries Transnationally (2003), and Stevie Smith: Between the Lines (2005). Her 50+ substantial essays on poetics have appeared in journals such as Contemporary Literature, The Yale Journal of Criticism, Christianity and Literature, HOW2, Literature Compass, The University of Toronto Quarterly, The Journal (in Ireland), Journal of Innovative British and Irish Poetry and Performance Research, and in book collections from presses including Oxford UP, Cambridge UP, Blackwell, 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 in her field, from PMLA and Contemporary Literature to Paideuma, Twentieth-Century Literature, Christianity and Literature and Women: A Cultural Review, and for major presses from Oxford UP and Cambridge UP to Routledge, Palgrave, Blackwell, Liverpool UP, Polity and Bloomsbury Academic; she also serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Innovative British and Irish Poetry in the UK. Since 2015 she has served as Editor-in-Chief of Religion & Literature, housed in the Department of English at Notre Dame. She has written on topics ranging from working class poetry to gender politics to racial inflections in radical practice to emerging issues around theopoetics. Her next book is entitled, “‘Rewrit[ing] the word ‘God’”: In the Arc of Converging Lines Between Innovative Theory, Theology and Poetry; it involves rereading twentieth-century phenomenology, theology and literary theory alongside developments in transnational avant-garde poetries.
- "Lyric Returns in Black British Poetry," in a special issue of the Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry on race (guest editor: Sandeep Parmar), Volume 12:1 (2020).
- "'A New Global Poetics?' Revisited, 10 years on: Coming to Terms," Special issue of The University of Toronto Quarterly 88.2 (Spring 2019): 292-306, "World Poetics and Comparative Poetics," Jonathan Locke hart and Ming Xie, eds. (This special issue also includes articles by J. Hillis Miller, Haun Saussy and Jahan Ramazani).
- “‘nothing / like a real bridge’: Rae Armantrout and Denise Levertov” in Denise Levertov in Company, Donna Hollenberg, ed. University of South Carolina Press, 2018; 53-70.
- "Sacrament as ars in the down-to-earth poetics of David Jones (pursued through a reading of his ars[e]poetica, 'A. a, a, Domine Deus'"; talk delivered as a dialogue with Catherine Pickstock, LOGOS Colloquium 2, Cambridge University, 4 July 2016; published alongside Pickstock’s talk in a special issue on Jones in Religion & Literature 49.1 (Spring 2017): 181-202.
- “Women’s Spiritualities” in The Cambridge History of Twentieth Century Women Poets, Linda Kinnahan, ed. Cambridge University Press; 2016; 289-304.