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Ball, Andrew

Assistant Professor, Communications
School of Accelerated Degree Programs - General Education, MFA, BLS

Cultural Center 107A
(636) 627 2595

Course Information

Term Course Course Name

FA QTR 16 IEN 20100 80 GE7 World Literature I (GE-Lit)
FA QTR 16 IPH 10000 80 GE7 Survey of Philosophy (GE-Phl-Rel)
FA QTR 16 IRT 21000 80 GE7 Concepts of Visual Arts (GE-FineArt)


Andrew took a Master’s degree in English at the University of Pennsylvania (2006) and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Philosophy and Literature at Purdue University (2012). His scholarship is engaged in the fields of American Literature, Continental Philosophy, and the arts with an emphasis on matters of religion, labor, ethics, and social justice. Dr. Ball is a co-founder and Executive Board member of the North American Levinas Society, a scholarly institution devoted to the study of the philosopher Emmanuel Levinas. He also serves as Vice President of The William Dean Howells Society. His work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as Label Me Latina/o, Philosophy in Review, and The Howellsian. Dr. Ball is currently preparing a manuscript entitled, The Economy of Redemption in American Culture: Literature, Theology, Politics.



Educational and Professional Experience

Ph.D., Philosophy and Literature, Purdue University, 2012
A.M., English, University of Pennsylvania, 2006
B.A., English and Philosophy, Purdue University, 2005

Areas of Focus

19th and 20th Century American Literature, Continental Philosophy, Religious Studies, Labor Literature, Ethics, Phenomenology, Speculative Realism, Literary and Critical Theory, Utopian Studies, William Dean Howells, Emmanuel Levinas


American Literature Association
The William Dean Howells Society
North American Levinas Society
Northeast Modern Language Association
American Culture Association
Popular Culture Association

Research Interests

Dr. Ball’s research is focused on matters of religion and politics in 19th and 20th century American literature. His methodology incorporates elements of American Studies, continental philosophy of religion, and the social sciences to craft a materialist analysis of modern American culture.

He is currently at work on two book projects. The first,
The Economy of Redemption in American Culture: Literature, Theology, Politics, proves that economic development in the machine age fundamentally reshaped American Protestantism and demonstrates that the conflation of economy and religion was integral to the production of modern American culture. Focusing on the period 1840 - 1940, this work shows how concepts of salvation were transformed by the market and industrial revolutions and examines the privileged role of such concepts in class conflict at the turn of the century.

His second book project is an examination of religion and social theory in the work of William Dean Howells. This text will offer a much needed reevaluation of Howells’ oeuvre and influence on modernism, focusing in particular on the evolution of his politics and the place of religion in that trajectory.

The ultimate aim of Dr. Ball’s research agenda is to recuperate a tradition of religious radicalism in American literature and culture that has fundamental historical significance but has been largely overlooked by contemporary scholars. Oriented by the practice of cultural materialism, this research method resolves significant aporias in post-secular literary studies and makes a significant contribution to the speculative turn in the humanities.

Selected Publications

“Redemptive Realism: Liberation Soteriology in the Novels of William Dean Howells,” The Howellsian 18.1 (2015): 3-6
“Hybridizing Modernism: Américo Paredes and the Revisionist Corrido,” Label Me Latina/o: A Journal of 20th and 21st Century Latino Literature 2.1 (Spring 2012): 1-19
Review, The End of Phenomenology: Metaphysics and the New Realism by Tom Sparrow. Philosophy in Review 35.2 (2015): 112-114
Review, Onto-Cartography: An Ontology of Machines and Media by Levi R. Bryant. Philosophy in Review 36.4 (2016): 147-150



“The Church of the Revolution: Martyrs, Messiahs, and
Converts in American Labor Fiction,” Religion and Literature Forum: Sacred
Literature, Secular Religion: A Conference on Cultural Practices, Le Moyne
College, Syracuse, New York, October 1 - 3, 2015

“‘Our Western Friend:’ John Hay, William Dean Howells,
and The Bread-Winners Affair Revisited,” American Literature Association, 26th
Annual Conference on American Literature, Boston, Massachusetts, May 21 - 24,

“‘Our Comrade Christ:’ Competing Christologies in
the Literature of Capital and Labor,” American Literature Association
Symposium: God and the American Writer, San Antonio, Texas, February 26 - 28,
“Proximity, Exposure, and Risk: Marina Abramovic and
the Performative Staging of Levinasian Ethics,” 9th Annual Conference of the
North American Levinas Society, Salisbury University, Ocean City, Maryland, May
18 - 21, 2014

“The Economy of Redemption: Class, Soteriology, and
the Apotheosis of Capitalism in Modern America,” The Canadian Association of
Studies Conference, Total Money Makeover: Culture
and the Economization of Everything
, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario,
October 24 - 27, 2013

“From Phenomenology to Praxis: Levinas and the Liberation Theology of Enrique
8th Annual Conference of the North American Levinas Society, Duquesne University,
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, July 28 - 31, 2013


“Elegiac Testimony: Sacrifice, Redemption, and Responsibility in Virginia Woolf’s Ethics of Mourning,” 41st Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association, McGill University, Montreal,
Quebec April 7 - 11, 2010

“Zygmunt Bauman’s Levinas: Reason and Adiaphorization, or the Suspension of Responsibility for Modernity’s Outcasts,” 4th Annual Conference of the North American Levinas Society, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, June 28 - 30, 2009


“The Revelation of Revelation: Levinas’ Post-Secular Hermeneutics of the Voice,” 2nd Annual Conference of the North American Levinas Society, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, June 10 – 12, 2007







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