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Dr. Branson Woodard

Professor of English


For decades, Dr. Woodard’s research and teaching have addressed a central theme, i.e. the nature and role of divine revelation in higher education. From his doctoral studies in the 18th-century British writer and critic Samuel Johnson to subsequent articles and essays to his Liberty classes (undergraduate and graduate) in selected English poets, in literary studies of the Bible, and in the nature and practice of literary criticism, Woodard has pursued an ever broadening and more intensive unity between divine disclosure in the world, in the Scripture, and in the Word Incarnate. He holds memberships in the C. S. Lewis Society and in the Evangelical Theological Society, continues his research on fantasy literature, and has begun to review books for the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society.


D.A., English literature, Middle Tennessee State University, 1982
M.A., English literature, Tennessee State University, 1979
B.A., Biblical Studies, Free Will Baptist College, 1978
B.S., English Education, East Carolina University, 1971

Some Courses Taught

ENGL 505       Advanced Literary Criticism
ENGL 512       Seminar in C. S. Lewis
ENGL 433       Literary Criticism
ENGL 405       Literature of the Bible
ENGL 403       Milton
ENGL 400       Seminar in Literature (C. S. Lewis)
ENGL 382       Eighteenth-Century English Literature

A Sample of Publications/Presentations

“Repressed Vengeance and the Allegory of Ritualized Sacrifice in Lorcan Tragedy.”  Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference. Furman University. Greenville, SC. October 2009.

“Blood Wedding and René Girard’s Theory of Sacredness and Violence.” National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies. Baton Rouge, LA. February 2009.

“A Theory of Reflection in C. S. Lewis and the Future of Literary Criticism.” The Inklings: Communion of Saints. Grove City College.  Grove City, PA. April 2008.

“Surprised by Rosenblatt: A Dialogue between Transaction Theory and C. S. Lewis’s Experiment in Criticism (1961)”. Conference Paper. C. S. Lewis: The Man and His Work. Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Wake Forest, NC. October 2007.

“Theological Hermeneutics and the Recovery of Literary Criticism.” Conference Paper. Evangelical Theological Society. Valley Forge, PA. November 2005.

“Social Manipulation in Lazarillo de Tormes.” Conference Paper. Evangelical Theological Society. Southern Theological Seminary. Louisville, KY. March 2005.

“Relief through Doubt in the Conclusion of Rasselas.” Conference Paper. Conference on Christianity and Literature (Midwest). Indiana Wesleyan University. March 2004.

"Postmodern Disintegration and Communicative Presence: Toward Another Perspective on Words and Things." Intercultural Communication Studies 10.2 (2000): 203-14.

Articles on “Suffering” and “Tragedy.” A Dictionary of Biblical Imagery. Ed. Leland Ryken et al. Downer’s Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1998.


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