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Bernadette Waterman Ward, Ph.D.waterman ward

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


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

Scholarship and Recent Publications

Essay:  On Catholic Fiction.  Tuscany Press, 2012.  Available online at

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.

Recent Courses

Literary Tradition I, II, III, IV
Romantic Tradition
English Romanticism
Hopkins and Philosophy
Medieval Literature

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



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