Dr. Luke Ferretter

Dr. Luke Ferretter
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20th & 21st Century British and American Literature
Literary Theory


Carroll Science, room 110
(254) 710-2710


Ph.D. University of St. Andrews
M.A. University of Oxford
B.A. University of Oxford


Luke Ferretter wrote his PhD dissertation on postmodern literary theory and Christian theology at the University of St. Andrews. He has published Towards a Christian Literary Theory (Palgrave, 2003), Louis Althusser (Routledge, 2006), Sylvia Plath's Fiction: A Critical Study (2010) and The Glyph and the Gramophone: D. H. Lawrence's Religion (2013). His research interests include: Sylvia Plath; D. H. Lawrence; J. D. Salinger; Virginia Woolf; Zelda Fitzgerald; contemporary critical theory; postmodernism; 20th and 21st century women's writing; 20th and 21st century literature and theology; the Bible as literature. He welcomes applications for graduate study in any of these areas..

Selected Publications

  • The Glyph and the Gramophone: D. H. Lawrence's Religion (London and New York: Bloomsbury, 2013).
  • Sylvia Plath's Fiction: A Critical Study (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press and New York: Columbia University Press, 2010).
  • Louis Althusser (London and New York: Routledge, 2006). Iranian translation, tr. Amir Ahmadi Arian (Tehran: Nashr-e-Markaz, 2009). Korean translation, (Seoul: LP Publishing, forthcoming).
  • Towards a Christian Literary Theory (London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003).
Journal Articles and Book Chapters
  • "Procrustean Identity: Sylvia Plath's Women's Magazine Fiction," in Representing Sylvia Plath: New Essays on the Writer and Representation, ed. Tracy Brain and Sally Bayley (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011), 147-64.
  • "The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath: Ten Years On," Plath Profiles 3 (Fall 2010), 66-79.
  • "D. H. Lawrence", "Virginia Woolf", "T. S. Eliot," in The English Parish Church through the Centuries, ed. Dee Dyas. CD-ROM. 1st edn. York: Christianity and Culture, 2010.
  • "A Fine White Flying Myth of One's Own: Sylvia Plath in Fiction," Plath Profiles 2 2009, 278-298.
  • "'The Influence of Somebody Upon Something': To the Lighthouse in Sylvia Plath's Work," in Woolf Editing, Editing Woolf: Selected Papers from the Eighteenth International Conference on Virginia Woolf, ed. Eleanor McNees and Sara Veglahn (Clemson, SC: Clemson University Press, 2009), 111-16.
  • "'What Girl Ever Flourished in Such Company?': Sylvia Plath's Religion," Yearbook of English Studies: Religion and Literature, ed. Andrew Tate (London: Modern Humanities Research Association, 2009), 101-13.
  • "'Just Like the Sort of Drug a Man Would Invent': The Bell Jar and the Feminist Critique of Women's Health Care," Plath Profiles 1 (2008), 136-58.
  • "Matthew Arnold," The Oxford Handbook of English Literature and Theology, ed. David Jasper, Elizabeth Jay and Andrew Hass (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2007), 639-54.
  • "The Minaret of Myself: D.H. Lawrence and the Religious Function of the Novel," in Biblical Religion and the Novel, 1700-2000, ed. Mark Knight and Thomas Woodman (Aldershot and Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2006), 91-104.
  • "The Power and the Glory: The Aesthetics of the Hebrew Bible," Literature and Theology 18:2 (2004), 123-38.
  • "Hanif Kureishi and the Politics of Comedy," Sydney Studies in English 29 (2003), 87-102.
  • "Reception Theory: Hans-Georg Gadamer, Roman Ingarden and the Geneva School," in The Edinburgh Encyclopaedia of Modern Criticism and Theory, ed. Julian Wolfreys (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2002), 151-58. Reprinted in Modern European Criticism and Theory: A Critical Guide, ed. Julian Wolfreys (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2006), 149-56.