Brian Ingraffia

Brian Ingraffia


Professor Ingraffia graduted summa cum laude from the University of Texas at Austin in 1984 with a BA in the liberal arts honors program. He then began work at the University of California, Irvine, receiving an MA in English in 1986 and a PhD in American literature with a critical theory empasis in 1993. His doctoral dissertation was on "Vanquishing God's Shadow: Postmodern Theory, Ontotheology, and Biblical Theology." Professor Ingraffia taught in Biola University's English department until 2002, when he joined the English department at Calvin College.


Favorite Books

  • Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
  • Mr. Ives' Christmas by Oscar Hijuelos


  • Collecting music and books—he has over 3,000 books in his library
  • Listening and dancing to the blues

Additional Information

Listen to a recording of Writing Across Borders: Sefi Atta and Diane Glancy in Conversation, a conversation moderated by Professor Ingraffia at the Festival of Faith and Writing 2008.

Academic interests

  • twentieth-century American literature
  • postmodern American fiction
  • postmodern theory and culture
  • literature and religion
  • contemporary literary theory
  • history of critical theory
  • hermeneutics
  • philosophy and literature
  • postcolonial African literature


Professor Ingraffia is the author of Postmodern Theory and Biblical Theology: Vanquishing God's Shadow, published by Cambridge University Press. At the Festival of Faith and Writing in 2008, Professor Ingraffia moderated an interview with Sefi Atta and Diane Glancy called "Writing Across Borders." His most recent publication is entitled “‘If Jesus existed I wouldn’t be clean’: Self-Torture in Flannery O'Conner's Wise Blood," which appeared in the Flannery O’Connor Review in 2009. He recently received a grant from the Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship for Theorizing Religion and Literature: An Anthology of Modern, Postmodern and Postsecular Essays.

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