Peter Hawkins


Peter Hawkins’s work has long centered on Dante, most recently in Dante’s Testaments: Essays on Scriptural Imagination (winner of a 2001 AAR Book Prize), The Poets’ Dante: Twentieth-Century Reflections (2001), coedited with Rachel Jacoff, and Dante: A Brief History (2006). The poet features as well in his expansion of his 2007 Lyman Beecher Lectures on Preaching in Undiscovered Country: Imagining the World to Come (2009). His research in the history of biblical reception has led to three coedited volumes to which he also contributed essays: Scrolls of Love: Ruth and the Song of Songs (2006), Medieval Readings of Romans (2007), and From the Margins I: Women of the Hebrew Bible and Their Afterlives (2009). Together with Paula Carlson he has edited the Augsburg Fortress four-volume series Listening for God: Contemporary Literature and the Life of Faith. He has also written on twentieth-century fiction (The Language of Grace), utopia (Getting Nowhere), and the language of ineffability (Ineffability: Naming the Unnamable from Dante to Beckett). Professor Hawkins’s essays have dealt with such topics as memory and memorials, televangelism, scriptural interpretation, and preaching. From 2000 to 2008 he directed the Luce Program in Scripture and Literary Arts at Boston University. While at BU he won the Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has held fellowships at Lady Margaret Hall (Oxford), Pembroke College (Cambridge), and the Centro Studi Ligure in Bogliasco (Genoa); in spring 2015 he will be at the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of York in the UK. He has chapters in the Oxford Handbook of the Psalms (2014), and forthcoming in the “Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and the Arts” (Cambridge University Press). Professor Hawkins is a fellow of Jonathan Edwards College and also teaches regularly in the Directed Studies Program in Yale College.