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Anthony Paul Domestico

Associate Professor of Literature

Anthony Domestico is an assistant professor of literature at Purchase College and the books columnist for Commonweal. His research focuses on modernism and its relationship to intellectual and religious history. His book, Poetry and Theology in the Modernist Period, is available from Johns Hopkins University Press, and his essays have appeared in Religion and Literature, Literature and Theology, Christianity & Literature , the Journal of Modern Periodical Studies, and Persuasions.

He is also a working book critic, publishing reviews in, among other places, the Boston Globe, the Boston Review, the Christian Science Monitor, Commonweal, the Harvard Review, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

His teaching interests are varied, ranging from modernist poetry and prose to science fiction to the history of the lyric to Jane Austen.

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Great Books Recently Read

David Plante, Difficult Women; Darcey Steinke, Suicide Blonde; Joy Williams, The Quick & the Dead; Ali Smith, Autumn; Denis Johnson, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden; Emily Ruskovich, Idaho; Mary McCarthy, The Company She Keeps; Dara Horn, The World to Come; Jesmyn Ward, Sing, Unburied, Sing and Men We Reaped; Alice McDermott, The Ninth Hour; Carmen Maria Machado, Her Body and Other Parties; Danzy Senna’s New People


Selected Recent Reviews and Essays

On Alan Holinghurst’s The Sparsholt Affair in the Boston Globe

On Alexander Chee’s How to Write an Autobiographical Novel in the Boston Globe

A remembrance of Ursula K. Le Guin

On Denis Johnson’s The Largesse of the Sea Maiden in the Boston Globe

On Naima Coster’s Halsey Street in the San Francisco Chronicle

On Paul Kingsnorth’s Beast in the Boston Globe

On Julie Buntin’s Marlena in the San Francisco Chronicle

On Fanny Howe’s The Needle’s Eye in Commonweal

On Hari Kunzru’s White Tears in the Boston Globe

On Katie Kitamura’s A Separation in the San Francisco Chronicle

On Rachel Cusk’s Transit in the Boston Globe

On Marie Ponsot’s Collected Poems in Commonweal


With Peter Cole in Commonweal

With Jamie Quatro in Commonweal

With Carmen Maria Machado in Commonweal

With Alice McDermott in Commonweal

With Lawrence Joseph in Commonweal

With Francis Spufford in Commonweal

With Elif Batuman in Commonweal

With George Saunders in Commonweal

With C. E. Morgan in Commonweal

With David Means in Commonweal

With Christian Wiman in Commonweal