Tyler Gardner

Gardner Profile Fall 2017

Email: gardner.57@nd.edu

Areas of Interest

American Literature; Religion and Postsecular Studies; 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 PhD candidate in the English Department and Mellon Fellow in Religion and at the University of Notre Dame.  He currently works in Notre Dame’s Writing Center and 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). Religion and Literature 48.2 (published Fall 2017).


Co-Editor, “Religion, Literature, and The Limits of Critique: A Forum,” Religion and Literature 48.2(published Fall 2017).


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


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


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


“Secularizing Slavery: Modernization and Christianization in Stowe’s Anti-Slavery Novels.”  English Graduate Research Symposium. University of Notre Dame, 5-6 March 2015.


“‘What have Concord and Merrimack to do with Boodh?’: Collapsing Literary and  Religious Categories in Thoreau’s A Week.” God and the American Writer: American Literature Association Symposium. San Antonio, TX, 26-28 February 2015.