Timothy DeCelle

Graduate Student, Literature

Research Interests

Early American Literature; Religion and Literature; 18th Century Intellectual History; Philosophical Anthropology; Modernity and Secularity

Biographical Information

Tim DeCelle studied English and Theology as an undergraduate at the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN), graduating summa cum laude.  There he later received M.A. degrees in both Catholic Studies and English literature. 


  • “Lost in a City of Madness: Finding the Minotaur.” Muriel Rukeyser: A Living Archive. (Fall 2017).
  •  “A Transcendent Excess: Examining Griselda’s Assent in Chaucer’s ‘Clerk’s Tale’ through Georges Bataille’s Atheological Mysticism.” Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies 45 (Sept. 2014): 149-168.

Conferences and Presentations

  • "At the Margins of Community: “The Crying of Lot 49” and the Hermeneutics of Authenticity," Graduate English Conference: Postcards from the Edge, Text and Context, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN. April, 2015.
  • "Dysfunctional Mirror: Image, Text, and Desire in Mary Shelley's Short Stories," The 2014 International Conference on Romanticism, Minneapolis, MN. September, 2014.
  • "Moll Flanders, Capitalist Convert: Crime and the Rise of Capitalism," The 111th Annual Conference of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, San Diego, CA. November, 2013.
  • "Girard, Vattimo, and Taylor: Institutional Sacrifice, the 'Victim Church,' and the Ecclesial Good," The 9th Annual Religion, Literature, and the Arts Conference, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA. October, 2013.
  •  “Donald Hayne’s Batter My Heart: At the Edges of Vocation,” The Irish Family at Home and Abroad Symposium, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN.  March, 2013.


  • AMCS L98 3080: City on a Hill: American Exceptionalism, 2018 (Assistant in Instruction)

Research Projects

  • Edited Kenneth Kemp’s translation of God and Post-Modern Thought: Philosophical Issues in the Contemporary Critique of Modernity by Józef Życiński (2010)   

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