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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 Atlantic, The Baffler, Book Post, the Boston Globe, the Boston Review, the Christian Science Monitor, the Harvard Review, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Times Literary Supplement, and the Washington Post.

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

Don DeLillo, End Zone; Brandon Taylor, The Late Americans; Saskia Hamilton, All Souls; Emily Ogden, On Not Knowing; Ange Mlinko, Venice; Matthew Specktor, Always Crashing in the Same Car; Margo Jefferson, Constructing a Nervous System; Tessa Hadley, Late in the Day; Percival Everett, The Trees; Mónica Ojeda, Jawbone


Selected Recent Reviews and Essays

On Brandon Taylor’s The Late Americans in Commonweal

On Christian Wiman’s Zero at the Bone in the Washington Post

On Brigitta Olubas’s Shirley Hazzard: A Writing Life in The Baffler

On Robert Crawford’s Eliot After The Waste Land in The Baffler

On Jana Prikryl’s Midwood in Commonweal

On Joy Williams’s Harrow in The Atlantic

On Sheila Heti’s Pure Colour in the Boston Globe

On Francisco Goldman’s Monkey Boy in Commonweal

On Patricia Lockwood’s No One Is Talking About This in the Boston Globe

On Lawrence Joseph in Commonweal

On Fanny Howe’s Love and I in Commonweal

On Caleb Crain’s Overthrow in the Boston Globe

A remembrance of Ursula K. Le Guin


With Ange Mlinko in Commonweal

With Rosanna Warren in Commonweal

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