Brian Britt


Brian Britt

Professor of Religion and Culture and Interim Director, School of Performing Arts


111 Lane Hall, Virginia Tech
280 Alumni Mall
Blacksburg, VA 24061




Department Membership

Religion and Culture


  • Religion and Literature
  • Theory of Religion and Culture
  • Hebrew Bible
  • Modern Jewish Thought

Professional Activities

  • Interim Director, School of Performing Arts
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • American Academy of Religion
  • International Walter Benjamin Society


  • Ph.D., University of Chicago (1992)

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    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)

    Selected Publications


    Postsecular Benjamin: Agency and Tradition.  Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2016 (in press, May 2016 publication).

    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.

    Edited Books

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


    “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.