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Anthony Paul Domestico

Associate Professor of Literature

Anthony Domestico is an associate 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.

He teaches courses on modernist poetry and prose, science fiction, the history of the lyric, Jane Austen, and many other topics.

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Great Books Recently Read

Marlon James, Black Leopard, Red Wolf; Kathryn Davis, Labrador; Joy Williams, State of Grace; Dan Beachy-Quick, Of Silence and Song; Assumption, Percival Everett; A. E. Stallings, Like; Hilton Als, The Women; Jeff Dolven, Senses of Style; Ahmed Saadawi, Frankenstein in Baghdad; Gerald Murnane, The Plains; V. S. Naipaul, A Bend in the River; Deborah Eisenberg, Your Duck Is My Duck; Kamila Shamsie, A God in Every Stone; Ilya Kaminsky, Dancing in Odessa


Selected Recent Reviews and Essays

On Kathryn Davis’s The Silk Road in the Boston Globe

On A. E. Stallings’s Like in Commonweal

On Micheal O’Siadhail’s Five Quintets in Commonweal

On Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah’s Friday Black in the Boston Globe

On Kate Atkinson’s Transcription in the Boston Globe

On Gina Apostol’s Insurrecto in the Boston Globe

On Keith Gessen’s A Terrible Country in the Boston Globe

On Rachel Kushner’s The Mars Room in Commonweal

On Joy Williams’s The Changeling in Commonweal

On Kei Miller’s Augustown in the Boston Globe

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


With William Giraldi in Commonweal

With R. O. Kwon 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