Christina Bieber Lake, Ph.D.

Clyde S. Kilby Professor of English
On Faculty since 1999

Office: Blanchard Hall 305
Phone: (630)752-5387


Ph.D. in English, Emory University

M.A. in English, Emory University

A.B. in English, Princeton University

About Christina Bieber Lake

I'm primarily interested in contemporary American literature, African American literature, and southern literature. But lately I've been investigating fiction's response to posthumanism, specifically in the area of biotechnology. So I spend a lot of time thinking about cyborgs, cylons, terminators, and the like. When I'm not working, I'm watching Chicago Bears football.

Courses Taught

  • ENGL 105 - Modern Global Literature
  • ENGL 343 - American Literature: Modernism and Beyond
  • ENGL 348 - Selected Authors: Toni Morrison
  • ENGL 348 - Selected Authors: Flannery O'Connor/Walker Percy
  • ENGL 349 - African American Literature
  • ENGL 434 - Modern Literary Theory
  • ENGL 494 - Senior Seminar

Membership in Professional Societies

  • Modern Language Association (MLA)
  • South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)
  • Conference on Christianity and Literature (CCL)
  • Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity (CBHD) 
  • Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers (ALSCW)
  • The Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA)



Prophets of the Posthuman: American Literature, Biotechnology, and the Ethics of Personhood. South Bend:  U of Notre Dame P, 2013.

The Incarnational Art of Flannery O'Connor. Macon: Mercer UP, 2005

Selected Articles

"Zombie Nation: Why I Love The Walking Dead." Books & Culture Online. October 2012.

"Fighting<Writing: A Memoir by Andre Dubus III." Books & Culture (March 2012): 32.

"Reaching for the Impossible:  Neil Burger's Limitless." The Cresset 75.1 (2011): 25-29.

"Another Stranger in a Strange Land." Rev. of James Tiptree, Jr: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon by Julie Phillips.  Books & Culture (January/February 2011): 30-31.

"A Vision and A Voice: Women Who Wrote the South." Introduction, with Kibibi Mack-Shelton, to Volume II: Ghosts and Memories: White and Black Southern Women's Lives and Writings. Foreword by Mark Bauerlein, ed. . University of South Carolina Press, 2011.

"Technology, Contingency, and Grace: Raymond Carver's 'A Small, Good Thing.'" Christianity and Literature 60.2 (2010)

"Flannery O'Connor's Beatific Vision." Christianity and Literature 60.1 (2010): 3-8.

"The Violence of Technique and the Technique of Violence." Flannery O'Connor in the Age of Terrorism: Essays on Violence and Grace. Ed. Avis Hewitt and Robert Donahoo. Knoxville: University of Tennessee, 2010: 25-39.

"The Knowledge that One Does not Know: Gadamer, Levertov, and the Hermeneutics of the Question." Hermeneutics at the Crossroads. Ed. Kevin J. Vanhoozer, James K.A. Smith, and Bruce Ellis Benson. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 2006: 82-92. 

"The Demonic in the Service of the Divine: Toni Morrison's Beloved." South Atlantic Review 69.3-4 (2004): 51-80. 

"Living Like a Man." (an essay on the work of Andre Dubus) Books & Culture (May/June 2003): 8-11.

"The Prophet as Storyteller." Christian Reflection (Winter 2003): 75-81.

"Called to the Beautiful: The Incarnational Art of Flannery O'Connor's The Violent Bear It Away." Xavier Review 18 (1998): 44-62.  


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