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Brian Britt

Brian Britt, Professor of Religion and Culture

Brian Britt, Professor of Religion and Culture
Brian Britt, Professor of Religion and Culture

Department of Religion and Culture
107 Major Williams
220 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-5118 |

Brian Britt is a professor of religion and culture at Virginia Tech.

  • Religion and Literature
  • Theory of Religion and Culture
  • Hebrew Bible
  • Modern Jewish Thought
  • Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1992
  • Interim Director, School of Performing Arts
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • American Academy of Religion
  • International Walter Benjamin Society
  • Fellowship for Research, DAAD, 2012-2013
  • Fellow, Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung, Berlin, November-December 2008, September-October 2012, and June 2015
  • Phi Beta Kappa Sturm Award for Research, 2007


Postsecular Benjamin: Agency and Tradition. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2016.

Biblical Curses and the Displacement of Tradition. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2011.

Rewriting Moses: The Narrative Eclipse of the Text. London: T & T Clark, 2004.

Walter Benjamin and the Bible. New York: Continuum, 1996.  Second Edition: Edwin Mellen Press, Lewiston, NY, 2003.

Alexandra Cuffel and Brian Britt, eds. Religion, Gender, and Culture in the Premodern World. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.

Journal Articles

“Identity and Survival in Deutsche Menschen,” Benjamin-Studien 3 (2014): 83-104.

“Religion and Literature: Outsider, Tradition, and Transcendence,” Religion Compass 8/1 (2014): 11-24.

“Curses Left and Right: Hate Speech and Biblical Tradition,” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 78 (2010): 633-661.     

“The Schmittian Messiah in Agamben’s The Time That Remains,” Critical Inquiry 36 (2010): 262-287. 

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