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Catherine Caufield

Dr. Catherine Caufield
Sessional Instructor, Department of Literature and Language

Office: L258
Email: catherine.caufield@concordia.ab.ca

Education:

  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, 2000‒2001, University of Toronto
  • PhD, Religious Studies, 2000, University of Toronto
  • MA, Religious Studies, 1994, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • BSc, Nursing, 1989, University of Ottawa

Interests:

My research, teaching, and service integrate two fields of knowledge: literary studies and religious studies. My interdisciplinary quest has taken me from the highlands of Guatemala to do ethnographic exploration with Indigenous midwives, to the Instituto Bartolomé de las Casas and work with liberation theologians, to Mexico City to study literature with Jewish and non-Jewish writers, and back home to Aboriginal, Christian, and Jewish communities in Alberta. Common themes of polysemic literary expression of religious experience and ways in which diverse discourses co-exist within and between religions and cultures emerge and characterize this ongoing work. I am the founder of the Religious Studies and Theology Articulation Committee in the Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfers at Advanced Education, editor of the international journal Religious Studies and Theology, and founder and coordinator of the national working group by the same name. I serve on the executive of the Canadian Corporation for the Study of Religion as Secretary. I have authored two monographs: Hermeneutical Approaches to Religious Discourse in Mexican Narrative (Peter Lang), and Shmiot Fugue: Neomysticism in the Voices of Three Jewish-Mexican Women Writers (Hadassa), edited the collection Reflections on Religion and Public Life, and published many articles in referred academic journals as well as a number of pieces for non-academic audiences.

I hold a SSHRC grant for the research project Jewish-Canadian Women Writers. In the day-to-day lives of individuals and families religiocultural affiliation remains significant for many. Creative works, such as literature, allow exploration of how particular individuals within particular communities have understood themselves and their place in the Canadian mosaic at particular moments in time, deeply informed by personal and familial histories that are located within what are often seemingly nonsensical twists and turns in world history. In our diverse, sometimes plural, and often highly conflicted world, this research deepens our knowledge of the breadth and limits of distinctiveness within Judaism, set within the sociocultural complexity of Canada.

I teach first year English courses and a course on expository writing.

Select Publications:

Books: Peer-reviewed

  1. Shmiot Fugue: Neomysticism in the Voices of Three Jewish-Mexican Women Writers. Saarbrücken: Hadassa.
  2. A Hermeneutical Approach to Religious Discourse in Mexican Narrative. American University Studies. Series VII. Theology and Religion. 225. New York: Peter Lang.

Book chapters: Peer-reviewed

  1. “Indigenous People and the Christian Faith: A New Way Forward.” Indigenous People and the Christian Faith: A New Way Forward, edited by William H. U. Anderson and Charles Muskego. Wilmington, DE: Vernon.
  2. “El papel del discurso religioso en Oficio de tinieblas de Rosario Castellanos.” La literatura iberoamericana en el 2000. Balances, perspectivas y prospectivas, edited by Carmen Ruiz Barrionuevo, Francisca Noguerol Jiménez, María Ángeles Pérez López, Eva Guerrero Guerrero, Ángela Romero Pérez. 1759–1764. Salamanca: Universidad de Salamanca.

Edited Books

  1. Reflections on Religion and Public Life. Camrose: Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life.

Encyclopedia entries

  1. “Twenty-First Century Jewish Women Writers in Canada.” Shalvi-Hyman Encyclopedia of Jewish Women. Brookline, MA: Jewish Women’s Archive.

Articles: Peer-reviewed

  1. “Metaphoric Narration: Mimesis of Mystic Experience in Hadewijch of Brabant’s ‘Vision 1.’ ” Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion 14.14: 1–26.
  2. “The Agency Paradigm: A Pedagogical Tool to Facilitate Nuanced Thinking on Sensitive Issues.” Teaching Religion and Theology 20.1: 89–101.
  3. “Diversity in the Public Sphere: Jewish Mexican Women Writers and National Identity.” Women in Judaism: A Multidisciplinary Journal 13.1: 1–21.
  4. “Narratives of Jesus: Hermeneutics and the Co–creation of Meaning.” Bulletin for the Study of Religion 44.3: 26–44.
  5. “Oblates and Nation-building in Alberta.” Religious Studies and Theology 32.2: 145–161.
  6. “Clarice Lispector’s The Passion According to G.H.: Articulating an Ontology, with Recourse to Jewish Paradigms.” Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses 40.4: 497–510.
  7. El Popul Vuh de los Quiché-Maya.” Artifara 9. http://www.artifara.unito.it/Nuova%20serie/N–mero–9/Addenda/default.aspx?oid=299&oalias=