Wesley A. Kort

Wesley A. Kort

Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies

External Address: 
328 Gray Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90964, Durham, NC 27708-0964
(919) 660-3519


Religion and Modern Culture; Religious and Literary Studies

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Chicago 1965

Kort, WA. C. S. Lewis: A Commentary. New York and London: Oxford University Press, 2016.

Kort, WA. Place and Space in Modern Fiction. University of Florida Press, 2004.

Kort, WA. C. S. Lewis Then and Now. Oxford University Press, 2001.

Kort, W. "Take, Read": Scripture, Textuality and Cultural Practice. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1996.

Kort, W. Bound to Differ: The Dynamics of Theological Discourses. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1992.

Kort, W. Story, Text, and Scripture: Literary Interests in Biblical Narrative. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1989.

Kort, W. Modern Fiction and Human Time: A Study in Narrative and Belief. Tampa: University of South Florida Press, 1985.

Kort, W. Moral Fiber: Character and Belief in Recent American Fiction. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1982.

Kort, W. Narrative Elements and Religious Meaning. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1975.


Kort, WA. "Scripture as ground and idea." Refractions of the Scriptural: Critical Orientation as Transgression. March 1, 2016. 27-33. Full Text

Kort, WA. ""’Landscape’ as a Kind of Place-Relation"." The Place of Landscape. Ed. J Malpas. The MIT Press, 2011. 27-44.

Kort, W. "Reading Places/Reading Scriptures." Theorizing Scriptures: New Critical Orientations to a Cultural Phenomenon, Rutgers University Press. 2008. 220-276.

Kort, W. "Sacred/Profane and an Adequate Theory of Human Place-Relations." Constructions of Space: Theory, Geography, and Narrative, T&T Clark. 2007. 32-50.

Kort, W. "The Chronicles of Narnia: Where to Start." Revisiting Narnia: Fantasy, Myth and Religion in C. S. Lewis’ Chronicles. Ed. S Caughey. Dallas: Benbella Books, Inc., 2005. 103-113.

Kort, W. "Learning to Die: Work as Religious Discipline in Updike’s Fiction." John Updike and Religion: The Sense of the Sacred and the Motions of Grace. Ed. J Yerkes. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1999. 180-191.

Kort, W. "Thomas Hardy and the Limits of Modernism." Morphologies of Faith: Essays in Religion and Culture. Ed. M Gerhart and AC Yu. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1990. 69-84.

Kort, W. "Exodus and its Biblical Paradigm." Exodus–A Lasting Paradigm. Ed. BV Iersel and A Weiler. Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark Ltd., 1987. 72-83.

Kort, W. "Human Time in Hemingway’s Fiction." American Fiction 1914-1945. Ed. H Bloom. New York, New Haven, Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers, 1986. 315-331.

Kort, W. "The End of Time in Kermode and Derrida." Immortality and Human Destiny. Ed. G MacGregor. New York: Paragon House, 1985. 62-72.


Kort, WA. "The Oxford Companion of English Literature and Theology." JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF RELIGION 77.1 (March 2009): 151-154. (Review) Full Text


Kort, W. "Styron’s Corpus and Sophie’s Choice." Christianity and Literature XXX (2008): 64-71.

Kort, W. "Styron’s Corpus and Sophie’s Choice." Contemporary Literary Criticism 244 (2008): 199-202. (Academic Article)

Kort, W. "Christianity, Literature, and Cultural Conflict in America." Christianity and Literature 56 (2007): 463-479.

Kort, WA. "What and where is "Religion and Literature" now?." THEOLOGY TODAY 62.3 (October 2005): 400-406. Full Text

Kort, WA. "Tolkein and C. S. Lewis: The gift of friendship." CHURCH HISTORY 73.1 (March 2004): 217-218. Full Text