Published Works by Attending Metaphysician Rebecca M. Painter, Ph.D.
“On the Responsibility of Churches to Safeguard and Promote the Spirit of Democracy, the Potential of the Humanities, and Other Thoughts — An Interview with Marilynne Robinson,” in Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature, Vol. LXVI, No. 2, Spring 2014, “Critical Perspectives on Marilynne Robinson.”
“Master and Emissary – The Drama of Dark Energy in Literature and Life,” a paper presented at the 36th Annual Conference of the International Society of Phenomenology and Literature, Harvard University, May 2012. Forthcoming in Analecta: The Yearbook of Phenomenological Research. (A discussion of Iain McGilchrist’s The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World, as its findings are reflected in Alice McDermott’s short story “Someone” and Carol Emshwiller’s tale “Desert Creature.” It argues for a renewed focus on the quality of attention as the ground of moral awareness in works of the imagination and the lives we create for ourselves.)“On the Cosmology of Literature: Parallel Universes and Meaning beyond Information,” (A study of Louise Erdrich’s short story “The Years of My Birth” and Alice Munro’s short story “Axis” in light of current cosmological and information theories), in Art, Literature, and Passions of the Skies, Vol. CXII, Analecta Husseriliana, Ed. A-T. Tymieniecka (Dordrecht: Springer, 2012).
“Doom, Destiny, and Grace: The Prodigal Son in Marilynne Robinson’s Home,” and
“Too Much Happiness, Too Much Suffering…Never Enough Reality through Narrative,” (An appraisal of David Shield’s Reality Hunger: A Manifesto in light of historical fiction by Alice Munro and W.G. Sebald), in Destiny, the Inward Quest, Temporality and Life, Vol. CIX, Analecta Husserliana (New York: Springer, 2011).
“Loyalty Meets Prodigality: The Reality of Grace in Marilynne Robinson’s Fiction,” in Christianity and Literature, Vol. 59, No. 2 (Winter 2010).
“Further Thoughts on a Prodigal Son Who Cannot Come Home, on Loneliness and Grace: An Interview with Marilynne Robinson,” Christianity and Literature, Vol. 58, No. 3 (Spring 2009).
“Healing Personal History: Memoirs of Trauma and Transcendence,” in Existence, Historical Fabulation, Destiny, Vol. IC, Analecta Husserliana: The Yearbook of Phenomenological Research (Brussels: Springer, 2009).
“Virtue in Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead,” in Virtues and Passions in Literature, Vol. 96, Analecta Husserliana (Brussels: Springer, 2008).
“Temporal Rearrangement of the Moral Cosmos: Alice Munro’s Fiction,” in Analecta Husserliana, Vol..86: Temporality in Life as Seen through Literature (Brussels: Springer, 2007).
“Sympathy for the Devil?: A Historical Tour,” and
“Literature and the Play of Attention: A New/Ancient Look at the Roots of Evil,” in The Enigma of Good and Evil, Vol. 85 of Analecta Husserliana, Ed. A.-T. Tymieniecka (Brussels: Springer, 2005).
“Fiction and the Growth of Moral Consciousness: Attention and Evil,” in Logos of Phenomenology and Phenomenology of the Logos. Book Five: The Creative Logos. Aesthetic Ciphering in Fine Arts, Literature and Aesthetics. Vol. 92, Analecta Husserliana, Ed. A.-T. Tymieniecka (Brussels: Springer, 2005).
“The Ten Commandments Revisited: Kieslowski’s Decalogue as Matrix for Literary Comparison and Exploration,” in Phenomenological Inquiry: A Review of Philosophical Ideas and Trends, Vol. XXVIII, Oct. 2004.
Review of Iris Murdoch: A Life by Peter Conradi (Norton 2001), Christianity and Literature, Vol. 52, No. 2 (Winter 2003).
Review of Evil in Modern Thought: An Alternative History of Philosophy by Susan Neiman (Princeton UP 2002), Christianity and Literature, Vol. 53, No. 1 (Autumn 2003).
“From Death to Self-Knowledge: An Essay on Works by Tolstoy and Rilke,” in CLA Journal, Vol. XXVI, No. 2, December 1982.