Public Reflections

Justin Neuman's scholarship and teaching focus on the convergence of secularism, religiosity, and globalization as they register in and shape global literary production in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. His current book project, "Faith in Fiction: Post-secular Critique and the Global Novel" engages novels by writers from around the Anglophone world, such as J.M. Coetzee, Anne Michaels, and Salman Rushdie, and those in adjacent literary traditions, like and Haruki Murikami and Orhan Pamuk. He argues that these writers systematically renegotiate faith in fiction on multiple levels: as a theme of renewed centrality within narratives of global culture, as a rhetorical and stylistic resource, and as a way of marshalling the transformative power of fiction.