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.  Available online at http://tuscanypress.com/blog/on-catholic-fiction-by-professor-bernadette-waterman-ward.php

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.


Scherer Lecturer Poses American Economy's 'Big Questions'

Father Joseph W. Koterski, associate professor of philosophy at Fordham University, will deliver the keynote for this week's University of Dallas Scherer Lecture, "A Practical Moral Vision for the American Economy," in which he addresses the state of current natural law reflected on economics.

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Rome Essay Winner Focuses on Greater Appreciation for Beauty

A new insight and awareness of beauty became the subject of the essay, titled "Learning to See," that won Aspen Daniels, BA '19, first place in the fall 2016 University of Dallas Rome Program Essay Contest, which engages students studying abroad through the university's Rome Program in describing a place they visited or an encounter they had during their study abroad semester, exploring how some part of the Rome Program curriculum better enabled them to comprehend that experience.

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Learning to See

I was shocked by the beauty I saw when I stepped inside the door, and I wondered how I could have missed this before. The church wasn't large, but it didn't need to be because a dome soared upwards above our heads, giving an impression of grandeur. Bea pointed out that the dome was topped by a "lantern," one of our key terms; as we looked around at the marble and gold, naming the different architectural decorations, we realized how much skill it had taken to craft every detail.

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