Ann Astell

Ann Astell

Professor of Theology
History of Christianity

Research and Teaching Interests

Click below to view a presentation by Prof. Astell's on the life of St. Joan of Arc.

Recent Publications

"To Build the Church: Saint Aelred of Rievaulx's Hexaemeral Miracles in the Life of Ninian." Cistercian Studies Quarterly, 49, no. 4. 2014.

Ann Astell, co-author,"Schoenstatt's Shrine for the Pilgrim People of God," Claritas: Journal of Dialogue and Culture 3, no. 2 (Oct. 2014). 68-84. 

Magistra doctissima: Essays in Honor of Bonnie Wheeler. Edited by Dorsey Armstrong, Ann W. Astell, and Howell Chickering. Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institute Publications, 2013.
"The Prioress‘s Prologue to Her Passionate Tale: Psalm 8:2, Matthew 21:16, and Jesus' Prophecy of Singing Stones," in Interpretation and Performance: Essays in Honor of Alan T. Gaylord, edited by Elise Morse-Gagne and Susan Yager (Provo, Utah: The Chaucer Studio Press, 2013). 2013.
"The Song of Songs and Mysticism." Ann W. Astell and Catherine Rose Cavadini. In the Wiley- Blackwell Companion to Christian Mysticism, edited by Julia A. Lamm (Chichester, Sussex, UK: Blackwell, 2013): 27-40.
“From Ugly Duckling to Swan: Education as Spiritual Transformation in the Thought ofEdith Stein,” Spiritus 13 (2013): 1-16.
“‘My Life Is A Work of Art’: Oscar Wilde’s Novelistic and Religious Conversion,” Renascence 65.3 (Spring 2013): 188-205.

"Memoriam Fecit: The Eucharist, Memory, Reform, and Regeneration in Hildegard of Bingen's Scivias and Nicholas of Cusa's Sermons." Reassessing Reform: A Historical Investigation into Church Renewal. Washington DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2012.

With J.A. Jackson, "Deceit, Desire and the Novel Fifty Years Later - The Religious Dimension: An Introduction to the Forum." Religion & Literature, 43.3, Autumn 2011.

"The Writer as Redeemed Prostitute: Girard's Reading of Dostoevsky's Notes from Underground."  Religion & Literature, 43.3, Autumn 2011.

"On Belching, Giving Birth and Singing the Psalms." Ideas with Impact, Center of Theological Inquiry, 2010-11.



Ann is a Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, where she was appointed in 2007, after serving as Professor of English and chair of Medieval Studies at Purdue University. Her research focuses on medieval literature and spirituality. She is the author of six books, including The Song of Songs in the Middle Ages (1990), Job, Boethius, and Epic Truth (1994), Chaucer and the Universe of Learning (1996), Political Allegory in Late Medieval England (1999), and Joan of Arc and Sacrificial Authorship (2003). The writing of her most recent book, Eating Beauty: The Eucharist and the Spiritual Arts of the Middle Ages (2006) was supported by a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship (2001-2002). She is also the editor or co-editor of five volumes on topics related to historical Christian spirituality, including Lay Sanctity, Medieval and Modern: A Search for Models (2000); Joan of Arc and Spirituality (2003, with Bonnie Wheeler); Levinas and Medieval Literature:  The “Difficult Reading” of English and Rabbinic Texts (2009, with Justin Jackson), and Sacrifice, Scripture, and Substitution: Readings in Ancient Judaism and Christianity (with Sandor Goodhart, 2011). Recent publications include articles in Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2012), Franciscan Studies (2009) and in Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture (2009). A member of the Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary, she currently serves as President of the international Colloquium on Violence and Religion and President of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality.



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