Dr. Bernadette Waterman Ward

Bernadette Waterman Ward, Ph.D.

Bernadette WardAssociate Professor
President, Eta Chapter Phi Beta Kappa
Faculty Advisor, The University Scholar
Location: Braniff 306


  • A.B. Harvard University
  • Ph.D. Stanford University

Recent Courses

  • Literary Tradition I, II, III, IV
  • Romantic Tradition
  • English Romanticism
  • Hopkins and Philosophy
  • Medieval Literature
  • Literary Study II: Prose Fiction
  • Newman and His Circle
  • Hopkins and His Circle
  • Introduction to Literary Study
  • Romantic and Victorian Literature
  • George Eliot


Research Interests

  • Gerard Manley Hopkins
  • John Henry Newman
  • Epistemology, especially in relation to Romanticism
  • Christian theology in literature, and especially the theology of John Duns Scotus
  • Writing verse drama
  • The critical work of Rene Girard
  • Nineteenth century English literature in general, especially poetry and argumentative prose


Recent Publications

Essay:  On Catholic Fiction.  Tuscany Press, 2012. 

World as Word: Philosophical Theology in the Poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins, January, 2002, Catholic University of America Press

"Abortion as a Sacrament: Mimetic Desire and Sacrifice in Sexual Politics" Contagion, 2000, 18-36.

"The Way to Evolution Valley," Life and Learning X, Conference Proceedings of University Faculty for Life, 2000, pp. 1-14.

"Hopkins on Hell in the Terrible Sonnets," Proceedings of the 1996 Northeast Conference on Christianity and Literature, November 1997.

"Ernest Renan's Averroism in the Religious Thought of Matthew Arnold," Nineteenth Century Prose 22:1 (Spring 1995) 34-53.

"Newman's Grammar of Assent and the Poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins," Critical Essays on John Henry Newman, ed. Ed Block (ELS Monograph Series,55). Victoria, B.C.: English Literary Studies, 1992.

Dramatic Readings

Evolution Valley, a full-length play:

(informal or partial reading) New York, New York, February 16, 2002, Franciscan University of Steubenville, August 25, 1999.

(full reading, with cast) SUNY Oswego, NY, April 19, 2000, Trinity University, Deerfield, IL, June 4, 1999.


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Born through a brotherhood that has garnered affection and popularity among the entire student body since its inception more than three decades ago, the University of Dallas Football Rugby Club (affectionately referred to as the "Hoggies" by the university community) has returned home after competing in the PacWest Regional Championships hosted by the National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO).

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