College of Arts and Sciences

Joseph McQueen

Assistant Professor

  • Ph.D. Ohio State University, (in process)
  • M.A. Ohio State University, 2012
  • B.A. Northwest University, 2008


Joe specializes in nineteenth-century British literature and its relationship to religion and secularization. Currently, he is dissertating on the impact of liturgy and religious ritual on Romantic and Victorian writers. More broadly, Joe's interests include British literature—medieval to modern—, Transatlantic Romanticism, critical theory, film studies, and philosophical theology.

Recent Publications

“Oscar Wilde’s Catholic Aesthetics in a Secular Age,” SEL Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900 57.4 (2017) 865-886

“Remembering the Revolution: Wordsworth, Benjamin, and Mnemonic Critique,” European Romantic Review 28.2 (2017) 241-258

“‘Old faith is often modern heresy’: Re-enchanted Orthodoxy in Coleridge’s ‘The Eolian Harp’ and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” Christianity and Literature 64.1 (2014) 21-42

Recent Presentations

“Wordsworth’s Liturgical Openness,” North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, Providence, RI, June 2018

“The Preservation of Liturgy and the Body in Walter Pater’s Fiction,” North American Victorian Studies Association, Banff, Alberta, November 2017

“Remembering the Revolution: Wordsworth, Benjamin, and Mnemonic Critique,” Nineteenth Century Studies Association, Charleston, SC, February 2017

“Oscar Wilde’s Liturgical Aesthetics in a Secular Age,” Literature and Belief, Provo, UT, November 2016

“Secularity and the Univocity of Being in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein​,” Conference on Christianity and Literature, Santa Barbara, CA, May 2014

“Critiquing Immanence, Recuperating Beauty: Oscar Wilde and the Post-Secular,” Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, San Diego, CA, November 2013

“‘O the one life within us and abroad’: Coleridge’s Re-enchanted Orthodoxy,” Nineteenth Century Studies Association, Asheville, NC, March 2012

“Secularization Reconsidered: Hopkins’s ‘Terrible Sonnets,’ the Self, and Orthodoxy,” ​The Center for Ethics and Culture, ​Notre Dame, IN, November 2011​