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


“Consolations of Friendship: The Augustinian Reception of Boethius in Twelfth-Century England.” In The Legacy of Boethius in Medieval England: The Consolation and its Afterlives. Ed. Joey McMullen and Erica Weaver. Tempe, AZ: ACMRS, 2018.

“Bede’s Abbreviated Allegory of Psalm 136.” In Transitional States: Cultural Change, Tradition and Memory in Medieval England, ed. Graham Caie and Michael D.C. Drout. Tempe: AZ Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 2018.

“Levinas and Girard as Readers of King Lear.” In Of Levinas and Shakespeare: “To See Another Thus,” ed. Moshe Gold, Sandor Goodhart and Kent Lehnhof. West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press, 2018.

“Remembering 1854 in 1958: O’Connor’s Edited Collection on the Immaculate Conception as a “Sign of the Times," in Mary on the Eve of the Second Vatican Council, ed. John C. Cavadini and Danielle M. Peters (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2017), 245-263.

“Violence, Mysticism, and René Girard,” Theological Studies 78.2 (2017): 389−411.


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). She has edited seven collections of essays. 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, and Religion and Literature.



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