Ann W. Astell

Ann W. Astell


Primary Field of Study: History of Christianity


Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research and Training Interests

Hagiography as Biblical Commentary; the Song of Songs and the Liturgy

Selected Publications

Saving Fear in Christian Spirituality. Edited by Ann W. Astell. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2020

“Mysticism of Social Life.” In The Oxford Handbook of Mystical Theology. Ed. Edward Howells and Mark A. McIntosh (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020), 607–25.

“Griselda as Mary: Chaucer’s Clerk’s Tale and Alanus de Rupe’s Marian Exemplum.” Co-authored with Anne Winston-Allen. In Writers, Editors, and Exemplars in Medieval English Texts, ed. Sharon M. Rowley, New Middle Ages series (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2020), 43–78.


Ann W. Astell is Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. She is the author of six books, most recently Eating Beauty: The Eucharist and the Spiritual Arts of the Middle Ages (2006), and is now completing a monograph on hagiography and the Bible. She has been the recipient of an N.E.H. fellowship and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. She has edited eight collections of essays, most recently Saving Fear in Christian Spirituality (2020). Past President of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality and also of the Colloquium on Violence and Religion, she has published recently in Cistercian Studies Quarterly, Spiritus, Theological Studies, Marian Studies, and Religion and Literature. 



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