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About the author: I am a professor of English at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. I received my Ph.D. in English from UCLA in 1998 and my A.B. in English from Stanford University in 1985. My main research area is Middle English literature and its theological and philosophical backgrounds. I am married to Lezlie and have two children, Sam and Genevieve.

About the site: I started this blog as a way to air some ideas stemming from the authors who have most helped me think about literature as a Christian. Most important among these are the literary critic and cultural theorist RenĂ© Girard and the writers and literary scholars known as the Oxford Inklings: J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, and Charles Williams. Others will appear: Paul Ricoeur, Rowan Williams, Erich Auerbach, Walter Ong. And I intend to apply the theoretical ideas to the reading of literary texts–starting with my favorite, The Lord of the Rings–as well as to the Bible.

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