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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.

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

A. E. Stallings, Like; 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; Jon McGregor, Reservoir 13; David Plante, The Pure Lover; Tarell McCraney, The Brothers Size; Darcey Steinke, Suicide Blonde; Joy Williams, The Changeling


Selected Recent Reviews and Essays

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

On Denis Johnson’s The Largesse of the Sea Maiden 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 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 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