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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 LiteratureLiterature and TheologyChristianity & 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, the Harvard Review, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Times Literary Supplement.

He teaches courses on modernism, the history of the lyric, science fiction, Jane Austen, Henry James, Flannery O’Connor, and many other topics.

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Great Books Recently Read

Carlo Rotella, The World Is Always Coming to an End; Jericho Brown, The Tradition; Natalie Diaz, When My Brother Was an Aztec; Verlyn Klinkenborg, Several Short Sentences About Writing; Vivian Gornick, The Romance of American Communism; Jean Stafford, The Mountain Lion; Sarah Broom, The Yellow House; Carl Phillips, The Art of Daring; Yiyun Li, The Vagrants


Selected Recent Reviews and Essays

On Fanny Howe’s Love and I in Commonweal

On Caleb Crain’s Overthrow in the Boston Globe

On Isabella Hammad’s The Parisian in the Boston Globe

On Ocean Vuong’s On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous in Commonweal

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 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 Garth Greenwell in Commonweal

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